- Italics. I know you’re going to flashback or flash-forward or go inside a character’s head and I’m not interested. It takes me out of the story and gives me back nothing but boredom.
- Letters and diary entries – unless you’re a truly great writer (for whom none of these hates apply) – it’s boring. In fact it’s beyond boring – I suspect you’re doing it as an easy way of padding out your dwindling plot.
- Present tense. I know I’m not there. Unless you’re a genius – you will not convince me I am there. You’re ruining your own magic.
- First Person Present Tense – ditto – double, quadruple, infinite times.
- Pure filth – some people like it, I don’t.
- Using the voice of a child… esp. if it’s about grief. What is this, the Victorian Age? Do not lisp your sentiment at me, I’ll want you to die.
- ISSUES esp. aimed at teens. This isn’t Biker Grove. You’re not subsidized by a charity – sod off with that miserable, soul-crushing sanctimony.
Other than that – it’s fabulous, darling!