Kim Graff who has been a literary intern three times and an editor in several different jobs wrote a blog post on the most common mistakes made in manuscripts. Here is her list.

  1. Overuse of names in dialogue.
  2. Periods ending dialogue.
  3. Lack of inciting incident.
  4. Overuse of filter phrases.
  5. Every scene must have multiple dimensions.

(For futher explanation of the above list, check out her blog here.)

I tend to struggle with numbers one and four. Every time I make a pass through my manuscript, I find these mistakes, even though I actively look for them every time.

If you’re a writer, what mistakes do you make?