What annoys you or turns you away from stories? New forums edition!

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#1266

Personal pet peeve of mine :stuck_out_tongue:

Same goes in stories. Never, ever, use bold. Italics are permitted for thoughts, telepathy, and special languages, though.


#1267

I’ve learned that bold is ugly in writing like that.


#1268

It is. And it gives me a headache, no matter where it’s used (unless it’s like a header)


#1269

When a character isn’t consistent. (Characters habits, way of speech etc)


#1270

Try writing a character who can’t speak with contractions.
You’ll get inconsistent very quick


#1271

There are some exceptions like those of course


#1272

Overused cliches or massive plot holes. I remember when I first joined and if you wanted a popular story literally all you had to do was write about a bad boy


#1273

It’s still that way. I can confirm that, having done an experiment with a bad boy book
(He actually sexually harrased the MC and some of the readers thought it was fine)


#1274

That’s what makes me nervous about the paywall too BUT that’s for a different place lol


#1275

Oof. You guys are brutally honest! Maybe I should post a little prologue to see how badly I fare.


#1276

This is not really the place for it, but you can make your own thread, post it there, tag me, and I’ll take a look


#1277

Hmm. Which section should I post it on? I just joined this community today and I’m a little overwhelmed with the Web format.


#1278

The same section as this one: Improve Your Writing :slight_smile:


#1279

Ah. Got it. Thanks!


#1280

I also hate super fast relationships. Where the MC knows someone for like A DAY and then the two fall instantly in love with each other!
This is me mostly ranting at Fantasy stories that I’ve read that do that, (since that’s 90% of what I read).

I’m all for adding romance into stories, but unless it’s a fairytale, I have pretty realistic expectations and NOBODY DOES THAT!


#1281

OMG. I feel the same way. Like they are already saying ‘I love you’ on the first date. I also hate when they have only been dating for like a week and when they break up the MC is like I will never love again


#1282

Yes!


#1283

Unfortunately I had at one point wrote something similar to that theme, I plan to go back to that story to fix it up so it doesn’t look like the “BellaXEdward” type of sh*t XD.


#1284

Ugh, yes! And can we please retire that old trope? The formula is always the same:

  • Boy is terrible to girl (or boy)

  • Girl doesn’t care, because “she’s different from those other girls”

  • Girl realizes she is atracted to him because he does something stupid and careless

  • She thinks she can change him, but she can’t because “he had a rough life”

  • She realizes the fact that his parents divorced explains why he is an alcoholic at age 16

  • They kiss and he becomes another character

Happily ever after, roll in the credits


#1285

Preeaaaccchhh.