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1* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: "The Fig Leaf" mentions how some authors will describe a [[AuthorAppeal titillating scene]] in salacious detail, then apologize for it by having the protagonist express their distaste. The book recommends against this, and suggests that if exploitative scenes are to be shown, the author should embrace sleaziness wholeheartedly.˛* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: Discussed in "The Reading Group Guide" in regards to the synopsis, in that you should only bring up facts, lest the synopsis ends up ''longer'' than your novel.˛* GeniusBonus˛** Their slam on ShownTheirWork throws in a whopper. The biologist mentions sexual reproduction's origin in algae 2.7 ''million'' years ago. That error is off by a factor of about a thousand.[[note]]To put that in perspective, it's like saying the distance between UsefulNotes/LosAngeles and UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity is three miles.[[/note]] We don't have a common ancestor with algae at this time; any common ancestor between humans and algae would have lived long before this. Due to StylisticSuck, it's impossible to tell if the authors were sneaking in one more example of how important research is, including a little bonus, or [[{{hypocrite}} failing biology forever while telling authors they cannot afford to make such mistakes themselves]].˛** Other such bonuses show up everywhere. In "The Long Runway", in a moment not related to the subject they're demonstrating, Reynaldo mentions cancelling his pangolin lessons. While "pangolin" certainly sounds like the name of some sort of musical instrument (the fictional author likely meant "mandolin"), a pangolin is an animal vaguely resembling an armadillo.˛* HilariousInHindsight: In the chapter about how not to pitch a novel, they warn against trying to sell fanfiction to a publisher, instead advising writers to "go back and change all the names". Three years later, ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey'', a novel which originated as ''{{Literature/Twilight}}'' fan fiction, [[AscendedFanfic was published]] to massive commercial success.˛* NauseaFuel: "The Unruly Zit" is this intentionally. It's part of an example saying that making one scene disgusting is okay if that was your intention, but discourage making the entire novel like that, since no one likes being disgusted.˛* PetPeeveTrope: While its hard to disagree with most of the advice given, some of the tropes mentioned are more mild annoyances the authors have rather than ones you should actively avoid to not be seen as the worst writer ever, such as the PetsHomageName and their heavy discouragement of Post-Modernism.˛* ShockingSwerve: "Dear Penthouse Letters" is when a sex scene occurs without foreplay, while "'And One Ring to Bind Them!' Said the Old Cowpoke" has a GenreShift happen near the end of the novel [[DeusExMachina with no buildup]]. In both instances, it effectively ruins the mood.˛--> This type of ending is a special instance of ''deus ex machina'', known as the ''folie adieu'', which is French for "Are you ''FUCKING'' kidding me?"˛* {{Squick}}: Nearly all of "Special Effects and Novelty Acts--[[DontTryThisAtHome DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME]]".˛** The "half a kitten" analogy.˛-->Giving a reader a sex scene that is only half right is like giving her half of a kitten. It is not half as cute as a whole kitten; it is a bloody, godawful mess.˛----


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