The Biggest Pitfalls in Writing From True Life

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The Craft & Business of Writing: Essential Tools for Writing Success

According to Alyce Miller, six of the biggest pitfalls in writing directly from true life are as follows:

  1. You have either too much or too little distance.
  2. You allow "real-life" plot to drive the story rather than exploring other routes.
  3. You neglect character development.
  4. You explain why everything happened the way it did.
  5. You know exactly where the story is going.
  6. You fail to include essential details that convince and give texture.