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Monday, January 4, 2021

IWSG Question of the Month

 



First of all, I'd like to wish you a very Happy New Year! I sure hope 2021 is a lot better than 2020!

It's time for the ISWG question of the month: 

Being a writer, when you're reading someone else's work, what stops you from finishing a book/throws you out of the story/frustrates you the most about other people's books?

Here's my top three things:  Boring, predictable plots. Spelling and grammar errors galore. Uninteresting characters.

What about you? What makes you put down a book?

Before I go, I'd like to let you know that  I am a guest on the Hands-on Book blog. You can stop by to read how to make marshmallow constellations and learn a little about my newest book, Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure.




20 comments:

  1. I'm with you on spelling and grammar issues. I can forgive one here or there, but when it's clear that no one bothered to edit the thing, I'm out.

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  2. Boring, long descriptions do it for me.

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  3. I agree with you on reasons for not finishing a book. And I will have to check out marshmallow constellations (I was just out looking at the sky, which I have a 270 degree view of here).

    https://fromarockyhillside.com

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  4. Interesting characters are so rare these days. What I hate most is the trend of writers having unhealthy morals in their work, as a translator I found a lot of fascist ideas in the works of Americans writers in recent years, I think it is the case of most writers today being uneducated. Moral acceptability of collateral damage is also something American writers support in their work, sometimes even in YA novels, and that is something very much disgusting to me. But I'd say the whole world has lost its moral values in last ten years, especially after Obama and the way he bombed so many countries around the world with the support of other nations. World became opportunistic and lot less humane with him.

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  5. Happy New Year! Yes, I don't like boring plots, lots of description, or typos.

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  6. A good question Sherry, I wish you a Happy New Year. Take care.

    Yvonne.

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  7. I hope you have a brilliant 2021 for you and your family.

    And I agree with you. Also for me, the tone and style the writer starts the first few chapters with. Like long explanations and like you mentioned, boring, or spelling errors so early on.

    It used to upset me that I didn't finish the book and only read the first chapter, but since I published, I realize how important it is to make sure the reader wants to move to the next chapter. And that its okay for me to put the book down if it doesn't grab me.

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  8. Characters that seem to come out of a box just. don't. keep. me.
    I can forgive such in a TV movie that takes two hours of my life at the end of a tiring day. From a book I require real value if it were to hold my attention.

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  9. That's a pretty good list. There are a lot of repeated themes in children's books, so I imagine it's much more difficult to be original there. Yet authors like you do it! Keep up the great work.

    I hope your New Year is going well. I only read and reviewed 23 books last year, but my goal for this year is 30. My other goals are to publish another fiction book in 2021, do the Blogging from A to Z Challenge in April, and increase the number of authors helped by Operation Awesome.

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  10. Oh yes! Predictable plot lines. I forgot about that one. Good choice. Happy New Year!

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  11. Happy New Year Sherry! Good to read you my friend! Thanks for coming by my blog. I've been trying to get around to everyone! It's been slow! LOL! I agree with your list!!! Big Hugs!

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  12. Ooo, marshmallow constellations sound interesting! If a book is boring, I'll definitely be putting it down. But there are several things, which bug me. Characters I don't care about is a huge one.

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  13. I'm a pretty forgiving reader, Sherry. I take all the mistakes I observe from reading other authors, and I try to eliminate them from my writing. Your post makes me really miss my second and third grade kiddos. I loved teaching that age, and I had so much fun with them. All the best to you! Give us more Bubba and Squirt!

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  14. Our lists are identical. I can forgive a lot if I like the characters. Happy New Year!

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  15. Yeah, when they drone on and on and on time to stop

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  16. What about plot holes? I'd almost forgive a predictable story line, but when characters fall into plot holes (even interesting ones) and never reappear . . . that's when I stop reading. Oh, and that grammar thing too. Fragments can be ok in dialogue, but missing apostrophes (its vs. it's) make me close the book. May 2021 be good to you!

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  17. Thank you for useful tips.....
    have a great weekend

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  18. ultimamente leo demasiados libros mal traducidos, y eso es un rollo.

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  19. Uninteresting characters is always the worst
    xx

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  20. Happy New Year to you too! I'm definitely ready for it to be better than last year.

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