Cliches To Avoid When Writing a Story

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"I want to make my YA novel better. What are the five BEST or most important qualities you look for in a compelling YA novel? How to make my YA novel better and what cliches do you highly recommend I avoid? What are the five WORST things... the ones that make you go "blech" and put the book back on the shelf?"

"What are the five BEST or most important qualities you look for in a compelling YA novel?"

#1: Dialog: Lots of it!

A few phrases of flowery descriptions scattered in here and there between dialog is fine, but when you start writing page after page after page of descriptions, I start falling asleep. There should be dialog on every page. More than 50% (maybe even 75%) of your book should be dialog. The remaining should be largely action.

"What cliches do you highly recommend I avoid? What are the five WORST things... the ones that make you go "blech" and put the book back on the shelf?"











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