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

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#1367

I think the view point of “bad grammar” in general would be using homophones incorrectly (e.g, there/their, your/you’re), spelling errors and mix-tensing. That sort of thing. What you’ve described would seem okay by me as I would view this as dialogue.:slightly_smiling_face:


#1368

Seriously? :flushed:


#1369

Sadly, yes. I tried to explain that he wasn’t thinking straight and that’s why it was like that, and they went on this rant about how proper grammar must be used at all times no matter the context. Apparently it’s some pet peeve of theirs.


#1370

No way! It’s creative writing. I sometimes think people forget they’re not reading a copy of Strunk and White.


#1371

But it is a good habit to keep the grammar right


#1372

Accents and dialects are absolutely fine for me! Especially in dialogue. I don’t really consider them to be bad grammar — just colloquial :blush:


#1373

Would you read an entire book in Welsh though?


#1374

I actually have the first Harry Potter in Welsh. I can’t actually read it, but I have it ¯_(ツ)_/¯


#1375

As in the Gaelic language? I only speak a little bit of Irish! In terms of people writing in the accent? I’m more than happy. I read the first Harry Potter in Scots recently :stuck_out_tongue:


#1376

One of the first things I was taught regarding writing was that grammar is important, but with a novel, liberties can be taken for intended effects.


#1377

if i got nightmare tonight its all your fault


#1378

For me I don’t like unbelievable romances. Instalove especially. I also don’t like females that behave childish. I don’t often come across male MCs that act that way It’s always the female MCs


#1379

I wish I was making it up.


#1380

I am not sleeping tonight…and i blame YoU…crys in the corner of the room


#1381

My friend is living a good life though. Her fiance is a great guy. I met him last month and saw her for the first time in 8 years. It was great. I hope that helps.


#1382

I hate it when girl falls in love with a guy she just met, all because he is trying to ‘protect her from the bad people’ . Also, I dislike it when the romance just develops way too quickly, and it’s hard to focus on the rest of the story. And what really turns me away from stories, is when the MC is acting too stupid, like they lack commen sense and are beyond naive


#1383

Ahhh, so many things frustrate me in stories! Inaccuracies, excessive typos or grammatical errors, unrealistic dialogue, disjointed scenes, rushed character development, plot holes, lack of vivid setting. I feel like so many stories could be better if the writer took the time to read them aloud, percolate on the plot and get some quality critique partners they can trust to be honest.


#1384

In what ways?


#1385

A couple of examples come to mind. Once, I read a book that featured a sport I personally play and have my entire life. The author used incorrect terms frequently and often made it clear they weren’t familiar with the sport and didn’t do enough research to ensure that they were accurate. Same with settings. Totally fine to write about places we’ve never been (that actually exist, so not talking about fantasy here), but there needs to be some serious research done in advance to avoid writing that location unauthentically.


#1386

It’s silly to feauture a sport you know next to nothing about… Why do people do that?