by M. J. Joachim
I tried. I really tried, but there is no way I’m going to make it through 53 chapters of Millionaire. All I can say is, when you ask someone to review your book, it’s probably a good idea to proofread and edit it first. Rather than carry on about why this book is so hard to read, let me offer a few writing tips to consider, before you publish your manuscript.
- Use Spell Check.
- Make your chapters consistent, so the entire story flows and makes sense to your readers.
- Develop your characters, allowing their dialog to enhance their traits, not define them.
- Simple sentences are fine, as long as your work isn’t choppy. Give the reader some credit here. Compound sentences require proper punctuation, to express their full meaning accurately.
- Clarify your thoughts and refine them. Random, abstract thoughts should be part of the writing process, not inserted unexpectedly throughout the finished work.
- Avoid mutilating the English language. Use common English phrases correctly and be sure you know the actual words that are in them, prior to quoting them in your manuscript.
- Proofread and edit your work. Let others do the same. Writing is hard work. If you want yours to rise to the top of the pile, your work needs to be fine-tuned before you publish it.
Needless to say, Millionaire will not be added to our Recommended Reading List.
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