5 Traps to Avoid when Writing Fiction


  • 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.