Tuesday Tiny Writing Tip #33 – Bad Books Can Improve Your Writing

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Ever started a book and thought “Nah, the writing sucks” then ditched it?

It has happened to me more than once. But I occasionally keep reading a bad book. Why?

Because it’s a wonderful example of what not to do. So next time you come upon a poorly written story, consider grabbing a metaphorical scalpel and dissecting the little wretch.

  • What exactly don’t you like?
  • If you had to edit the book, what would you change?
  • How can you improve the writing style?
  • How can you develop that annoyingly flat character?
  • What can you do to improve the chemistry between the characters?
  • How can you fill in those plot holes?

Read a bad book, answer these questions and take notes on what to avoid doing when you write your own book.

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