After NaNoWriMo, I took an unexpected break in December. Trying to write over a thousand words a day for 30 days is not something I like to do, or was even able to do, especially having a full time job and a lot of other responsibilities. But it was good to know I could write every day. My goal this year is just write more, and get back into reading. I certainly acquired enough e-books to get me through a few years.
Each month, there is an optional question for the group, and this month's is: Being a writer, when you're reading someone else's work, what stops you from finishing a book/throws you out of the story/frustrates you the most about other people's books?
I want to say one of the big reasons I don't finish a book is because the writing is bad, but I have 15 unfinished books on my Goodreads list, so let me look through some of my reviews on why.
-problematic tropes towards minorities (stumbled on that a few times, looks like)
-stagnant plots (I gave one book 3 stars and still didn't finish it! I'm almost sure it was moving too slowly.)
-inactive main characters (why are the supporting characters doing all the work?)
-and yes, bad writing (clichés, redundancies, info dumps, awkward/bad sentence structures)
If there is a combination of the above, as there was in at least 3 of the 15, then I definitely don't finish.
I'd love to hear some of your answers, too!