As with academic writing or personal document, wring fiction stories can be challenging. However, by avoiding some habits, fiction writers can greatly improve their work. The following are habits that you should avoid in fiction writing:
Avoid generic nouns and verbs
Imagine painting everything in the world using three or four colors. Probably, the results would look pretty generic. Writers use language as their medium. Places, things, people have names, and its writer’s job to know what they are. Precise nouns work wonders because nouns have meanings that go beyond their definitions in the dictionary. Precise verbs also contribute significantly to characterization.
Avoid “he said “or, “she said”
A good dialogue can make readers feel like they are listening to a real conversation. When used repeatedly, the word “said” becomes very inconspicuous. If you find yourself using this word for every dialogue tag in your screenplay or manuscript, you are doing more harm than good.
Inconsistent point of view
A fiction writer must choose the point of view, or perspective, from which a story will be told. Once you have decided to use a certain point of view, be consistent. For example, if a story is told in the first person, the narrator must be present in all scenes he/she describes to the reader.


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