5 Traps to Avoid when Writing Fiction

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  • Brilliant children. In real life, children nearly never skip a grade; ask a teacher.

 

  • Caucasian by default.

 

  • Biting lips and cheeks until they bleed; fingernails in palms drawing blood. It’s even more tiresome when the blood tastes like copper.

 

  • Dying for a drink. Writers of the late 20th century are forgiven; during that time, alcoholism as a disease was still a fairly recent discovery. Now it has been done to death.

 

  • Let’s Blame Mom. By extension, we see childless older women turn into shrews and harpies as well.  I will be pleased when this welcome wave of feminism grows large enough to include how women of all ages are treated in literature.