8 Common Plot Mistakes That You Can Avoid

P.A. Moed

I was ecstatic when a well-known editor at a major publishing house wanted to read my historical fiction manuscript.   As I waited for her response, I was hopeful but nervous.  Finally, her email arrived in my inbox.  I skimmed through her critique, my eyes racing down the screen.  In a nutshell, she loved the book and admired my writing.  In fact, she had even shown the novel to a few colleagues.  But in the end, she decided to pass on the project.  Why?  She explained that the book was too long and had several  plotting issues.  For example, the political “back story” slowed down the narrative pace.  And the reader had to wait almost 100 pages for the main character, Elio Sardolini, to finally meet Lucia, the woman he’d fall in love with.

From the permanent collect at the DeCordova Museum.  Shot with my iPhone 4. From the permanent collect at the DeCordova Museum. Shot with my iPhone 4.

The news hit me…

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