What are your pet peeves in writing? Not slips or error you yourself make in your writing, but, rather, what brings you up short when you’re reading a book?
Saturday a week ago, I fell. I wrenched my knee, sprained my ankle and broke a toe. Yep, that was me you saw sprawled out on the concrete in the rain. Someday I’ll write a post about the whole incident and the follow-up at the medical clinic. No, wait, I’ll save that for my comedy routine.
Since then, I’ve gone from my ankle getting better to hurting more. Which got me to thinking about pet peeves when reading.
Even before my own adventures into clumsiness, it would drive me a tad nuts when a character would get beaten up or shot or pushed down a flight of stairs, then the next morning be fine with nary a mention of pain or stiffness or changing bandages.
Kablam. He’s down. Voila. He’s up. Unless he’s James Bond, he can’t do that. He’s gonna limp or favor an arm or scream when his girlfriend rips off the old bandage and puts on a new one, then pass out when he glimpses the gangrene setting into the uncleaned knife wound. Or, at the least, like me, he’ll have to go down the stairs one at a time - step by step by step by step.
6 months ago