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Book pet hates

Recently, I began thinking about the things that annoy me when reading a book. Sometimes you can be reading a really good book, but the author might keep doing just one little thing that keeps niggling at you. Maybe it’s a phrase. Maybe it’s the way they write their sentences. Or maybe it is the constant typo that keeps cropping up.

We all have them. Pet hates. Those things that really frustrate us when reading and sometimes even force us to close the book and stop reading altogether.

For me, it is things like short jerky sentences, really long chapters and sloppy dialogue. And then when you think about the actual content of the story, I cant stand anything too obvious, or things that drag out much longer than they need to.

I took myself off to Facebook and Twitter and asked that very question to my friends. What are your pet hates when reading. I received quite a mix of answers and  thought to myself, people should really know this. As a writer, it is really handy to know what readers like and dislike when reading. So I thought I would list a few of the responses I got:

 

  • Historical Inaccuracies
  • A character playing with their hair too much
  • Character POV too long
  • Character POV not long enough
  • A popular one – Headhopping
  • Extra, unnecessary words
  • Excessive backstory
  • Adverbs
  • Information dumping
  • Typos
  • Fancy words that you have to look up the meanings for
  • Repetition of words
  • Heroes who are hot, sexy and pretty much perfect!
  • Short jerky sentences
  • Obvious clichés
  • Alpha males who are bullies
  • Certain phrases (These were individual to the person commenting)

 

So as you can see, there are lots of things that you can do when writing a book which will really bug the reader. Isn’t writing a book supposed to be easy – oh wait, that’s right, it’s not 🙂

When I read all these comments – which are from both authors and readers – I was surprised at some, which is why I thought it would be a good idea to share it with you all.

I hope you’ve found this post useful. Maybe you have some pet hates yourself which haven’t been mentioned. Please feel free to add them into the comments below.

A special thanks to the following people for getting involved and voicing their views on my Fb and Twitter:

Jean Fullerton, Judy Astley, Julie Mccullogh, Sophia Valentine, Jo Cannon, Rhoda Baxter, Sue Moorcroft, Liz Ringrose, Linda Mitchelmore, Berni Stevens, Samantha Tonge, Georgia Hill, Jane Lovering, ReaBookReview, Kate Johnson, Nina Pottell and Julie Cohen.

 

Thanks for stopping by.

Lucie x

 

Falling Apart falls over …

It’s always nice to occasionally have a fun, silly blog post for no reason other than to have a giggle. Well, there is a little promotion in this one but I could not pass up the opportunity to document the spontaneous, and quite frankly bonkers book launch we all held for Jane Lovering’s latest novel.

This last weekend, I attended my first agency day. I signed with Sarah Taylor of the Kate Nash Literary Agency back in January of this year and on Saturday 7th June, they held their annual agency day. I absolutely loved meeting the other authors at the agency – some I already knew, some I met for the first time. All of them absolutely wonderful!

After a day of talking about everything writing related, we hit the town. Cocktails, dinner and dancing! It was a fabulous evening with great company.

We had decided late on in the afternoon that seeing as it was the release of Jane’s novel that day, we needed to give it a good launch – so Falling Apart came out to PARTY. And boy did it do just that! Just look at the photographic evidence I snapped …

We always knew what sort of day we were going to have when these special biscuits turned up for Jane ...

We always knew what sort of day we were going to have when these special biscuits turned up for Jane …

The very lovely Jane Lovering, posing with her book baby

The very lovely Jane Lovering, posing with her book baby

And the journey begins ...

And the journey begins …

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nacho's!

Nacho’s!

Perusing the cocktail menu ...

Perusing the cocktail menu …

Sex on the Beach or Blue Lagoon ... which would you choose?

Sex on the Beach or Blue Lagoon … which would you choose?

 

 

 

 

Summoning the waiter with the chequered flag!

Summoning the waiter with the chequered flag!

Rocking out with the band!

Rocking out with the band!

Selfie! Bella Osbourne, Kate Nash, Jane Lovering and me!

Selfie!
Bella Osbourne, Kate Nash, Jane Lovering and me!

 

 

 

 

These are going down nicely ...

These are going down nicely …

Come on, Tony, bedtime methinks... zzzzzzz

Come on, Tony, bedtime methinks… zzzzzzz

OOPS! Maybe a little too much ...

OOPS! Maybe a little too much …

 

A massive thank you to Kate and Sarah for a fantastic weekend and to Jane Lovering for being such a good sport and letting us be a bad influence on her book baby. And thanks to all the others – accomplices – who helped by seeking out new ways and positions to ‘pap’ Falling Apart.

Boy does it have one hell of a story to tell the other books on my shelf …

 

Oh, and here is a little peek at what FALLING APART got up to after a few Blue Lagoons … tut tut … : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADReKfm7Uuo

FALLING APART is available now. Click on the image for more information.

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