Writing Skills – Learning What Not to Do

I am still here! 😀

Life’s kind of hit me over the head these past few months, so I haven’t been around as much as I’d like. But here’s my most recent post for the RRFS blog, wherein I combine two of my favorite things: talking about TV shows and talking about writing.

The Rabid Rainbow Ferret Society

Lots of writing advice encourages you to read books you love, to break them down and find out what makes them work so well, and why you love the story so much.

But what about stories that drive you up the wall?

You can learn just as much from writing you don’t like as you can from writing you do. Learning what not to do is a critical part of the writing process.

For a while, one of my guilty pleasure TV shows was Teen Wolf. Eventually, I had to quit watching for a number of reasons, but the biggest one was that the writing went from “solid” to “more holes than Swiss cheese.”

I learned a lot about what not to do from watching that show, but the most important thing I learned?

Think your story through.

It seemed like the show’s writers had a tendency to…

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