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not action that moves the plot/story for- ward. The slow the pacing and jerk the reader out of the main story/plot/main action. I’d also like to add overlong chapters and paragraphs. Overlong sentences also don’t do you any favors, as well as lack of scene breaks. The idea is not to torture your read- ers. Your story is supposed to be a pleas- ure to read. Finally, don’t throw the dictionary at them. ‘Nuff said about that one. SUMMARY Keep in mind that as much as you like to write, one day someone else may want to read it. Don’t torture them (or an edi- tor)! Happy writing! Fred <<<>>> Fred Rayworth found his passion for writing in 1995. He has been a regular contribu- tor to Writers Tricks of the Trade for several years now, always offering sage advice, or his own spin that may raise questions about techniques that have been the standard. Fred has completed eleven full-length novels and is currently working on number twelve. Genres include science fiction, icky bug (horror), adventure/thriller and fantasy. Multiple short horror stories made it to publication. When not writing, he can be found ei- ther making something out of wood in his garage or out under a dark sky pursuing faint fuzzy objects with his telescope. You can read his writing tips and other adventures at www.fredrayworth.com W RITERS ’ T RICKS OF THE T RADE P AGE 5 W INTER 2019