Infodumps—prologues, first chapters, or just plopped in the middle of the action. I’d rather figure out why a character is behaving a certain way than being told they suffered … Twenty years ago.
Grammar and punctuation
The Great Wall of Text (lack of paragraphing)
Chapters that are summaries of the actual story and not anything written in real time.
Present tense (third tense is like “said” for a dialogue tag—it flies under the radar and doesn’t get in the way of the story)
Wake up starts
Stories that start with anything other than dialogue or action
Obvious ripped off plots from famous shows or books
Artistic Fanfiction that changes the personalities of the characters, or uses the exact dialogue and describes the action in a film with very little changes… Except maybe my all-time turn-off: fanfic author insert who now does everything canon characters used to do (eg., Blow up the Death Star)
@nick some goats for the Goat Lord.