A friend passed along this link for How to Write Badly Well. I think we’ve seen all these, in some form, in submissions over the years. What is your biggest pet peeve (as writers, editors) in writing? For me, it’s one that’s not included in this list: why was this story written? Sometimes, you just want to know why the author felt compelled to write a particular story in a particular way so that you can at least attempt to care about the story, the characters, understand the author’s passion (or lack thereof) for the contents therein. I don’t think we ask ourselves enough as writers the “whys” of what we’re doing; we seem to be stuck on the “how” to do it.
Stay tuned for Rosalia Scalia’s interview with Sherrie Flick this week!