Hard Sells

We receive too many stories where:

  • Nothing really happens
  • Internal debate results in an epiphany
  • Characters think/worry/complain about their lives while going about their daily routines
  • Characters suddenly have their wildest dreams/darkest nightmares come true
  • Evil characters are killed by people they have wronged in the past
  • Obvious symbols reinforce obvious themes
  • A character mourns the loss of another character and recounts the connection they had
  • There is no story, only exposition
  • There is no story, only a philosophical contemplation of life, the universe and everything
  • The story is a political statement in disguise
  • The story is actually a history lesson

If you're going to do any of these, do them with a twist so fresh and unique it hurts.