What NOT To Write

I love to read. 

I read a couple of books a week.

However, for the past six to nine months, it seems like I am reading the same book over and over.

Oh, the name of the town in which they live and the characters’ names change, but the stories… the plots are almost identical.

Writers should be more creative than this!

Please don’t join the hundreds of authors who write about:

  1. Mailorder brides.
  2. Couples who marry because of circumstances in their lives and not because of love. (For instance, they need to marry by a certain date or lose their inheritance.)
  3. Ladies, mostly, who inherit a hotel, bed and breakfast, or ranch and find a handsome cowboy or business-type who helps them learn the ropes.
  4. Mysteries involving cats.
  5. Let me just interject here a plea of a different order. Please refrain from including overused phrases in your writing. Here are two I find in almost every book: “He reached forward to tuck a wayward curl behind her ear” and “She let out a breath she didn’t realize she’d been holding.” 

Resist the urge to write on someone else’s coattails. Spend some time brainstorming to come up with unique stories of your own that will please both you and your readers alike.