Admitting her mistakes and telling us how to avoid the same ones. Thanks, Marilyn!
GETTING THE DETAILS RIGHT
Recently I was asked to be a speaker at a writers’ conference—the topic being character and setting description. The chairperson titled it “Getting the Details Right.” Because I have messed up on the details in a few of my books, this is the perfect topic for me.
First off, two of the biggest mistakes I’ve made:
- Changing the type of car someone drives. In my first Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, the car changed from a Blazer to a Bronco several times.
- Names of people—giving new characters in a story more than one name.
- Leaving out an important day of the week in a book that moved day to day through the week. (I fixed that before it got published.)
What I’ve seen in other people’s books:
- Giving a Japanese character a Chinese last name.
- Putting in details about a real city that are totally wrong. (And…
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