Writing Pet Peeves

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Smiles666, Aug 24, 2015.

  1. Smiles666

    Smiles666 Guest

    Title really says it all.
    I suppose we could cater it towards RP's but perhaps there are some writing pet peeves in general you wanna discuss/share.

    Do not use this thread to attack people personally or passive aggressively though if you decide to talk about RP's.
    It is recommended to talk to people directly if there is anything specific. Keep it clean, keep it general I would think.
     
  2. Kitt

    Kitt Kitt Kat Bar Administrator Moderator Administrator

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    TOO MUCH FLUFF

    FLUFF IS GOOD

    FLUFF IS NOT BAD

    BUT TOO MUCH FLUFF IS!

    I do not need to know the color changes in the sky all throughout your post as the minutes go by :D
     
  3. Smiles666

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    Lol yep.

    I think I share your opinion on that one.

    One of my biggest ones would be when the writer gives you information that means absolutely nothing (especially when you know it probably will never get a meaning in the story)
    For example: In Twilight Stephanie Meyer has Bella explain how her mother looks saying "My mother looks a lot like me..."
    At that point though, there is no description yet of how Bella herself looks.
    So the description, which isn't that bad by itself, has no meaning as we have no frame of reference for the information.

    Another one is unanswered questions at the end of the story. 'nuff said I think :p

    One pet peeve I have about my own writing is that in my head it's like epic saga's and when I write it out it feels like 'there were people and they did stuff'
     
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  4. Kitt

    Kitt Kitt Kat Bar Administrator Moderator Administrator

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    LMFAO yes o.o all the time for me... omg.
     
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  5. Smiles666

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    I think this goes for most people whose name isn't Tolkien rofl.
    Or something similar.
     
  6. Ozferatu

    Ozferatu Crazy But Not Wrong

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    Basic grammatical errors. Shit we should all know how to spell for one. Things like saying "their" when it's supposed to be "there." All things along those lines. Exceptions occur when English is not the players first language.

    Also putting ooc ANYTHING in an IC post.
     
  7. Hooligan

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    Mostly I get annoyed at the mix-up of "its" and "it's." o:
     
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  8. Smiles666

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    Currently reading a story... EVERY WORD SEEMS TO HAVE GONE THROUGH THESAURUS. You can reuse the same word O_O Please don't remind me there are 27 words to say that one thing ... Good god o_o
    Rewrite a bit then and just omit that word/synonym for a while... PLEASE?!
     
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  9. Oriencor

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    I have a writers tick, where I always misspell CALM as CLAM.
    I have my peeve is purple prose.. stop abusing the thesaurus. Please.

    @Smiles666 - have you ever read what the Oatmeal wrote about Twilight? It's a bit misogynistic towards the fans (I've never read the books, but my sister tortured me with the first movie), but the part that made me laugh was the bit about how Bella was never described.
    "First off, the author creates a main character which is an empty shell. Her appearance isn't described in detail; that way, any female can slip into it and easily fantasize about being this person. I read 400 pages of that book and barely had any idea of what the main character looked like; as far as I was concerned she was a giant Lego brick. Appearance aside, her personality is portrayed as insecure, fumbling, and awkward - a combination anyone who ever went through puberty can relate to. By creating this "empty shell," the character becomes less of a person and more of something a female reader can put on and wear. Because I forgot her name (I think it was Barbara or Brando or something like that), I'm going to refer to her as "Pants" from here on out."
     
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  10. Cecilia_Agnarsson

    Cecilia_Agnarsson Wolf Princess Administrator Moderator

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    @Oriencor I have a writer's tick also that I spell "with" as "withe" or "of" as "ov." Lmao. Oops.

    @Smiles666 I READ AN ANTHROLOGY LIKE THAT. Okay, so I'm a book reviewer on a blog that I occasionally post on. A writer asked me to review his short stories. I couldn't get past the first one. *cries* Not only were they crazy bizzare but so hard to read. @.@
     
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  11. Smiles666

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    I saw that yeah, or something nearly tre same at least. Cried laughing lol.

    @Cecilia_Agnarsson it gets annoyinv yeah. I hope people point it out to me if I do this. You start to focus on it as well lol
     
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    Cecilia_Agnarsson Wolf Princess Administrator Moderator

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    I will! Same with me. I try to expand my vocabulary, but that was over kill. Every other word was typed into dictionary.com to see what it meant. Haha.
     
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  13. Smiles666

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    Lol that's bad yeah.

    Expanding your vocabulary isn't a bad thing. I'm all for that. I try and do that all the time. But balance things out, don't use the same word or a synonym for that word ALL THE TIME.
    Like I said before, you can reword it and just avoid that one word or a synonym altogether. It makes for a more dynamic story anyway.

    We need a thread full of writing tips.
     
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  14. Znielavag

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    Taking control of any character I introduce whether minor or major. That is a big pet peeve of mine. I've had it done on several instances where the person would speak for my characters, move them, and all of this was done without my permission.
     
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  15. Ree

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    Ditto. AND I might be a fluffer (and not in the fun way). Not intentionally, I just end up describing things in details in some posts.
     
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    Mistakes happen. Spell check and grammar check doesn't always find all the errors. I think my biggest is substituting wander for wonder.

    Thoughts can wander, yes.
     
  17. Kitt

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    Depending on the fluff it's not a bad thing. I just mean when people describe unnecessary things for post length. That and at times some people think that more is better when you can achieve the same amount of detail with less.
     
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    First person. I really, fucking hate first person. It always reads as if the author is inserting himself or herself into the book and it drives me nuts, especially with the next point.

    Blank slate characters. These are essentially characters meant to be the representation of the reader. My biggest problem with these kind of characters is that they're rarely developed or fleshed out. They exist solely so that the reader can fantasize about being them. Bella from Twilight is a perfect example of this. This is little more than an excuse for lazy writers to create painfully underdeveloped characters, IMO.

    When the writer has obviously took a thesaurus to find as many big words as possible for their descriptions. I find this to be overly pretentious and not needed- especially if you spend more time describing the scenery as opposed to the character's inner thoughts, feelings, and actions. You don't need to use the word crimson instead of red all the time, for example. It's even worse when the big words are used incorrectly.
     
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  19. Znielavag

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    Plots revolving around a single character and I mean everything around that character.
     
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  20. Hooligan

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    I agree 110%.
     
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