The last thing any reader wants is to be distracted while they’re reading. There are memes galore about it. What’s worse than someone deciding to talk to you as soon as you start reading, is the book itself becoming a distraction from the story. Many things can cause this, but it usually comes down to one thing: bad writing.
Anything from misspelled words and incorrect punctuation to words picked up in a thesaurus to tense consistency. Even the formatting of a book can be distracting if it was done improperly. Listen to this episode for a breakdown of the most common distractions in writing, and how they can be prevented.
First aired September 24, 2022.