Namely, the theme of the discussion was "what not to write".
While there are exceptions to all of these, all of these are stuff I have a bone to pick with. All but the first one apply to one book I really disliked (guess which one. I dare you), but this is a generally full list I got out from the discussion. All were from my Twitter, @chihuahuazero:
- Whitewashing the past=big no-no.
- What not to do: Make the protag unlikable AND boring.
#WhatNotToWrite? Don't wait until the end for us to care a little about the protag. #WhatNotToWrite? Make the antag more interesting than the protag. #WhatNotToDo? Have every character except the protag's little sis [be] unlikable. #WhatNotToDo? Never solve ANY of the injustices presented in the book. #WhatNotToDo? Have the protag not have a high point of reference in the beginning of a tragedy. #WhatNotToDo? Be too risky with a 2nd person story. You're already on thin ice [for most readers]. #WhatNotToDo? Maintain the same kind of mood for most of the story.
The book these were from wasn't written by someone experienced enough. It's appeal was in a more experimental, lit-fic place.
YOUR TURN: Do you have any tips on what NOT to do in writing?
(Note: This post was written in about twelve minutes. I would've done it faster if I wasn't keeping one ear onto "Evanescence").