There's one mistake that I see A LOT that I really don't get. And it looks something like this:
Shrugging my shoulders, Liam turned and walked out of the room.
Do you see what the problem is? The subject of the sentence is LIAM. The sentence is actually saying that LIAM shrugged the protagonist's shoulders.
That was an extreme example, but I really do see these sentences all the time. Another common version is this:
Closing the door, my eyes tracked across the room.
In this sentence, the protagonist's eyes somehow closed the door.
I've seen these so much at this point, that I decided to write a blog post about it. Funnily enough, I recently visited Entangled Editor Heather Howland's blog, and clicked on a link to her "Craft Quickies." Low and behold, what is her first quickie about?
Pesky Participle Phrases.
Her post about them is informative and interesting, and so are her other Craft Quickie posts, so you should definitely check them out.
What about you? Are there any common mistakes that drive you nuts?
P.S. During the blog fest, I hit 200 followers. THANK YOU! (*waves to Emily R. King, who was the 200th*) I like to give stuff away, so look for a contest next week!