A professional reader’s no-nos for a story

Culled from Nalo Hopkinson, a Caribbean-Canadian writer of speculative fiction, and a pretty good one at that.  Here’s how she introduces it:

Since I do editing, I get to read a lot of manuscript submissions. Recently I’ve been thinking about some of the things that signal to me a story going off track. I’ve written a few of them down below. A lot of them I’ve done myself. Some of them are my own subjective feelings about issues that mightn’t bother another reader. Probably all of them can and have been done successfully, so I’m not saying any of this is gospel. I don’t even go to church.

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