The finalists for the critique group contest have been selected. However, this wasn’t an easy task and choosing three from the six will be even harder. All entrants had some strengths and some weaknesses. As much as I’d like to, I don’t have time to critique everyone’s work. Instead, I’ll list the basic weak points in the entries. Maybe if people know what to look for, they can learn those aspects of the craft and grow greater writing skills. I hope this will help.
Show don’t tell
Overuse of words (especially “it” and “that”)
Repeaters (nouns and verbs)
Action/reaction (the action must come before the reaction, not the other way around)
Overuse of dialogue tags or lack of tags
Huh? moments (where I didn’t understand something because the writing wasn’t clear enough)
Weak verbs (ending in “ing” instead of “ed” for example)
Story doesn’t move forward
Choreography doesn’t make sense
Not in Deep POV
Even if you didn’t enter the contest, you might want to watch for these weaknesses in your own writing. What’s your weakness?