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  1. xyz

    Readers, What Do You Skip?

    Sounds very challenging. Would like to see how you accomplish this when you're ready to share.
  2. xyz

    Readers, What Do You Skip?

    With new non-narrative forms of fiction emerging, it seems many writers are playing fast and easy with POV. How do you handle POV shifts in your stories? Do you play it straight and keep to one narrative voice, "float" POVs among characters, shift viewpoints among your characters with each chapter? Or do you just throw your story elements to the wind and hope that one of your characters figures it out? Here’s a useful POV infographic: http://www.veronicasicoe.com/blog/2013/03/my-ultimate-pov-guide-with-graphics-and-examples/
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    Readers, What Do You Skip?

    On the topic of spelling errors, I would say that today there's really no excuse for making egregious and amateurish spelling errors, no matter how Alpha the manuscript. If you want someone to read and review your work, then you owe it to your readers to check spelling. There are just too many embedded tools and even 3rd party apps (and context-sensitive apps) for catching errors, even for authors with a sophisticated vocabulary in their creative toolbox. Nothing will stop an agent, publisher, or contest judge quicker than a careless transposition ('wierd') or misplaced homonym ('your the best'). And, from my point of view, spelling due diligence isn't just a fussy academic concern; as a reader, I want to forget about the mechanics of the author's writing and enter his or her world. A misspelling is a stone on the path, a banana peel, a crack in the pavement that makes me stumble and momentarily forget where I was. No author wants that.
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    Readers, What Do You Skip?

    Backstory. That is, when an author launches into it before I've developed sufficient interest in the characters.
  5. From the classic 1951 film starring Alastair Sim. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qC2iFe_wLHg
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