Carrie’s number one writing pet peeve is when authors write,
I thought to myself.
Seriously. You are always thinking to yourself, sweet writer, unless you’re telepathically communicating to a zombie hamster and then all bets are off.
But the thing is that I, Carrie, get why authors like myself do this. It’s because:
- We’re worried that the reader isn’t going to get what we’re saying.
- We’re padding our daily word count totals for NaNoWriMo, national novel writing month where you try to write a 50,000-word novel in November.
But here’s the thing. Your readers are smart or smart enough to know that when your characters are thinking, they are doing that to themselves and not anyone else.
Cut those words, sweeties. Trust the readers. Trust your writing.
If you say, “I think” or “I thought,” everyone knows it’s to yourself… unless, you know, telepathic zombie hamsters.
So how about you? What are your writing pet peeves?
WRITING TIP OF THE POD
Trust your readers. Don’t write down to them. Believe in your words.
DOG TIP FOR LIFE
You don’t need to be insecure. Be proud of what you’re doing, who you are and what you’re putting down for the world to hear.
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