Top 10 Things NOT to put in your book

  1. Your character looking at themselves in the mirror to describe their physical characteristics.
  2. Female characters who are overly concerned with breasts, makeup, or pouting.
  3. Beginning your story with the main character waking up.
  4. Pat the dog moments for your villain
  5. “Smart” women bumping into things or doing other socially clueless things
  6. Female characters being rescued by male characters, especially from physical danger
  7. Mothers who die giving birth to children or to save their children
  8. Characters with amnesia, which is often an excuse to write no backstory
  9. Characters who are perfect and move directly without mistakes to getting their goals.
  10. Villains with too much power
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