nothing unique enough about your premise, plot, or protagonist to set your
story apart from what's already out there.
prose is dense and inaccessible.
story is not grounded in setting.
protagonist is not likable or admirable and readers can’t relate to him/her.
don’t show, you tell.
beginning is too slow, the middle is too boring, and the ending is too rushed.
dialogue doesn’t sound like real people.
The story is not told in a strong voice.
The protagonist does not drive the action and/or
change enough over the course of the story.
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