I just got done revising my current short story! While this is definitely a load off my mind, I noticed a few weird things. Apparently, I do things when I'm writing I have no idea I do. No, I'm not talking about humming Korean love songs or whistling through my teeth.
The little brother of the run-on sentence, a patchwork sentence simply becomes fragmented with too many commas. It doesn't sound bad but try reading it out loud and you can see what a mess it makes. Simply learn to use your periods, people.
I don't mean stating it is currently one day of the week and then changing it when no actual time has past. No, I mean trickier inconsistency. For instance, I found I had used "towards" one time and "toward" another. Both of these are acceptable according to my research BUT I didn't even look to make sure I had them all the same. If you are going to follow one way, make sure you follow it to the end. **This includes speech patterns in a character.**
I have a problem with using the same words. I know, I am not the only one but it is still embarrassing. Many writers have trouble with things like glancing and glaring and staring but I find I just repeat in fiction. One of the series of books I like has the word "wry" or its variants so many times it almost distracts me as I ran across them. Don't do this, folks!
Do you have any writing "tics" you do?
There is now a "Poetry Place" tab so you can better find my poems. Some are old and some are new. I thought this might be better for you guys to seek out my work. I will still post links to published stuff in the normal posts!