So, if you're a writer you know that not everything you write is gold. In fact, a lot of it, especially that first drafts, are pretty crap. I don't say that to offend, it's merely the truth. The ideas themselves may be great but the execution usually isn't that great.
Here's a list that could possibly tell you if your manuscript either needs to be reworked or burned under the light of a full moon.
1. Nothing makes any sense what so ever. You have no idea if this was written by you or through the process of automatic writing.
2. The characters are versions of your favourite fictional people or similar to fictional people from books you've recently read. This is the only situation where Harry Potter and Harry Dresden could ever meet.
3. The story isn't going anywhere. The more you write it, the worse your ideas get until you end up with a steaming pile of garbage that would be used better as kindling for a fire.
4. You're rewriting it for the twentieth/fiftieth/hundredth time, even though you could have written and edited many manuscripts in that time.
5. Every time you rewrite your manuscript it actually manages to get worse. You try every way of writing it and it turns into the worst thing ever written. It may be time to set it in carbonite and throw it into the ocean.
6. Everything is a cliché. This could include a shy/clumsy character who is saved by a hulking, probably supernatural, character. The latter character is mostly likely compared to marble and is as one dimensional as the descriptions of his physical appearance.
7. It includes an inspirational disabled character or even a racial stereotyped character. In either case you need to stop what you're doing and research widely, not just be asking your non-white friend.
8. It's another version of Twilight. Possibly one that's ever worse. For all of our sakes, pour gasoline on that sucker, throw a lit match on it and walk away.
9. The main character does nothing. Nothing.
10. It's a parody book of The Hunger Games. Nothing says "idiot" like rewriting a great book about social and economic revolution into a book called something like, "The Hungry Hippo Games."
I hope you all enjoyed that and you didn't take it too seriously. Just in case you guys didn't know I recently put up a new short story on Wattpad called The Bell. You can either read it there or in the short story section of my site.
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Anjulie Te Pohe
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