The Dreaded Red Pencil…

In: Writers & Editors

Point of View

Do you have an omniscient narrator or a first- or third-person narrative? The challenges are there for first-person stories; you have to be consistent and not change perspective along the way. The reader only becomes aware of events at the same moment as your protagonist and perceives these through their eyes. There is no context other than the protagonist’s viewpoint, thoughts, and actions.

Show don’t Tell

Another crucial mistake is the over-explaining of emotions, actions, and situations. When you write, ‘he rolled his eyes,’ we all know what emotions are going through that character at that time. To have it explained makes the reader roll their eyes in return but even worse, it blocks the imagination.

Writer & Editor | Consultant | Co-Founder of City Stone Publishing. Passionate about words, curious about life. Free-spirited. carolinevincent.co.uk