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My writing buddy Nightmare and I were doing some joint critiquing for WriteOnCon together (because we’re nerdy gals and just love doing that sort of thing) when a scene we were reading struck me. At first I couldn’t figure out why some of the writing didn’t work. As Nightmare pointed out, it wasn’t bad writing, but there was something about it that didn’t scream good writing either. This isn’t to single out the person we were reading because I’ve come across this style often in writing, especially in fanfiction (where I first started writing) but also in various bad books I’ve endured. In talking to Nightmare (as always happens because we tend to read each other’s minds), I figured out why some of these things bothered me. Here are some lessons I’ve figured out how to explain from our joint analysis so far:

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Insatiable by Meg Cabot

Title: Insatiable

Author: Meg Cabot

Other notable works by author: The Princess Diaries series, The Mediator series, 1-800-Where-R-U series

Page Count: 464 pages (hardcover)

Method: Kindle on iPhone

Rating: Good

Plot Summary: Our heroine, Meena Harper, works as a dialogue-writer for the popular soap opera, Insatiable, in this satirical vampire book. A living doormat, Meena allows everyone to walk all over her and rarely says what she means, whether it is staying quiet about her brainless co-writer Shoshana (what a name!) getting the big promotion that rightfully belonged to Meena, or not speaking up when someone is about to die. Meena’s special power is the gift of prophecy, specifically seeing how someone is going to die (heart attack because of a terrible diet, suicide bomber in a Morocco hotel, developing brain tumor). Living with her unemployed brother, she seems pretty depressed with her lot in life. She ends up dating the prince of darkness, vampire Lucien, at her neighbor Mary Lou’s apartment (Mary Lou has tried to set Meena up with someone every time she corners her in the elevator). She is swept away by his feelings for him (thinking that he’s just some prince from Romania) but later becomes entangled in family politics and a nasty vampire war. Alaric Wulf, a Palatine guard, joins the foray as Meena’s reluctant protector as he tries to kill Meena’s boyfriend, Lucien.

Notable quote: “She didn’t have time for this. She had a meeting. And a story to pitch. There was that head writing position, vacant now that Ned had had that very public nervous breakdown in the network dining room during spring sweeps” (page 3).

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