Where Dreams Meet the Business of Writing


The Insecure Writers Support Group hosts a blog hop the first Wednesday of every month. We’re encouraged to “Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling.” The group offers an optional question each month to write about. For August, the question is:

What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?

To check out some of the other great writers sharing their thoughts, check them out here.


Don’t leave me hanging!

This is really the only thing I could think of that bothers me when I saw the question prompt for this month. I can’t think of anything I’d feel strongly enough about to call it a pet peeve. I don’t know if there are things that irritate me that I simply don’t think about when I’m not running across that annoying trait. Or, am I simply harder on myself than I am on others? That does seem to be one trait that many of us who relate to the ‘insecure’ part of this group have in common. Many of us tend to beat ourselves up worse than we do others.

When I began musing about what could be a pet peeve, one book, in particular, jumped to mind. I finished reading it two or three months ago. It was set in the post-Civil War days when the country was still in the throes of uncertainty and chaos. It’s a time period I enjoy reading. And the book itself was good. But the author threw in so many problems that never got resolved, it bothered me. Now, I understand the need to add conflict throughout the story. But one issue was repeated several times. Something about an errant uncle and finding gold. Because it was repeated, I felt it was important, and kept waiting to see how it was going to be resolved.

And the next thing I knew…the ladies were riding off into the sunset, so to speak. Maybe not the sunset, but they rode off in a wagon…still without any news about the uncle or the gold or if it was going to help them out.

The End.

That was it.

And I was disappointed. I felt like the author had tried to set the book up for a series. Which is possible. But my proverbial nose was so out of joint I didn’t even go see if there were any books that came after. Most books I keep and pass on to my sister and mom. This one I didn’t. It went straight in the bag that went to the thrift store. I wasn’t going to pass the book along for another reader to end up frustrated at the end, waiting for a resolution that never came to be.

Maybe I have a pet peeve after all.

Comments on: "Don’t Leave Me Hanging! #IWSG" (13)

  1. Debbie Johansson said:

    This is one of my pet peeves too when it comes to reading. Maybe this author was trying to set it up for a series, but I think there needs to be some indication of it and some kind of resolution with the subplots.

    It’s frustrating when you finish reading a book and think to yourself ‘what about this/that?’ You are only left to assume that with no resolution, everything somehow worked out right in the end. As a series, for example, Game of Thrones has plot lines left hanging for certain characters, one wonders if he will ever get back to them or has forgotten them altogether. I just wish he’d get on with it!

    • Thanks for your feedback Debbie.
      You know, GOT is one I haven’t gotten involved with yet – probably the only person on the planet lol

  2. Agreed. Also something that looks like foreshadowing, lots of emphasis on it, and then it turns out to be nothing.

    • YES! I often wonder if the plot changed as the story spilled forth, which I know can happen, or if they were just trying to amp up the tension or conflict. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Nana Prah said:

    It’s a good and justified one, too.

  4. This might be why I don’t get into series fiction all that often. The disappointment of an unfinished story usually outlives the curiosity to find out what happens next. Just a handful of series that I’ve followed into still-unpublished books.

  5. Yes indeed! In my own writing, I have to go back multiple times to make sure that characters and plot threads I introduced early on serve some function and don’t just peter out.

  6. I hate when that happens! I’ve started paying a lot more attention to titles to see if they have those little numbers after them like “#1 in the M Series” type of thing. It doesn’t always work out, but it’s helped me cut down on some of those frustrating moments.

  7. Love the graphic you chose for your post!

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