We all make mistakes. We’re all human. I can personally admit that I’m my own worst editor. No matter how many times I comb over my work, I can always find mistakes. But does that mean I should be burned at the stake? Well, according to some – yes.
I can be forgiving about a lot of faux pas in writing. I don’t mind some cliché’s if they’re presented with a new and interesting twist. I can even forgive the occasional character stereotype if they work well within a story, and most of the other characters in that same story are more complex or original. I can even forgive the archetypical hero’s journey formula that appears in most popular fiction and fantasy. But, one writing sin I just can’t STAND and instantly kills a story for me, is bad dialog!
Someone recently mentioned that I shouldn’t call my latest series of books a series because they should be referred to as a trilogy, seeing as my series will only contain three books (tentatively, I might do more or some spinoffs, depending on how well this series does). But what are the rules when it comes to these distinctions? Technically, there aren’t any.
Traditional storytelling usually involves a linear storyline where everything happens in chronological order, but there are some authors who choose to tell their stories in a non-linear fashion (think Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves, or Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses).