Please post something authors get wrong. Things that bug you and/or throw you out of the story.
Something you wish more authors realized.
I'll go first...
10 seconds isn't short.
I read a story the other day, a fairly mainstream fantasy, and they did something that bugs me. It's something that I see often in stories.
"Players are forced to immediately throw the ball because it's enchanted to shock anyone that holds it for longer than TEN SECONDS!" (I'm paraphrasing here)
The author wants to show that players don't have time to pick out a target to throw the ball to. They need to immediately throw it. I'm sure the author and proofreaders thought "A second is fast, so 10 seconds would force them to throw right away!"
But they are wrong.
"Mississippi one, Mississippi two, Mississippi three, Mississippi four, Mississippi five, Mississippi six, Mississippi seven, Mississippi eight, Mississippi nine, Mississippi ten."
The actual timer the author is looking for is one second. Perhaps even less than a second.
"He charged into the room, paused in the doorway for a few seconds, then attacked!" That's not a surprise attack. A dangerous opponent had plenty of time to look at the door and see who is there, draw a weapon, and attack first.
"I ran to the other side of the room, and was out the door in less than ten seconds!" That's a slow walk across even a huge room. Unless your in a warehouse running definitely wasn't involved.
Ten seconds is an eternity