You can get Valentine’s tips anywhere, so rather than celebrating romance with my First Friday Five, I’m sharing
Five flaws an editor would point out you wrote a tween girl as they actually are.
- “This character is inconsistent. One minute she’s likable, the next she’s bat-shit crazy.”
- “Your character needs a clear goal, not the vague desire the world is against her.”
- “She lacks proper motivation.”
- “The conflict is too scatter-shot. Focus. Giving a more concrete goal and motivation will help.”
- “I found three variations on “eyeroll” and counted 812 incidents in the manuscript. Avoid repetition.”
Let your inner editor free in the comment section. I’d love to know what you think.