I’m not perfect. I’m not going to lie. As a writer I make a lot of mistakes while writing. But we all do as writers . We can’t be afraid to admit our writing faults. We have to be confident and strong even in that. The sooner we admit our writing mistakes to ourselves, the sooner and the better we fix them. And also we can’t be afraid to accept support and advice from other writers. We have to be strong together and help each other succeed with each other’s writing. And build a community that strengths our creativity . Never be jealous of your fellow writer. That is solely important .
Two of my main writing mistakes are proofreading and Grammar. I tend to overlook the spacing when I’m writing. And also sometimes I write certain grammatical phrases and use one word when I mean another. For example Further vs. farther.(“Farther” describes how “far” in terms of physical distance, while “further” is used in the other cases.) These mistakes are not minor . If I’m not careful and do it too much it will turn away any reader, whether beta or editor from my work. So I must be careful and look up and double check each phrase and word before hitting any submit button . I must also double check the spacing as well.
Those are my 2 main writing mistakes that I can see within my own writing. And I often get help from other writers who can catch the mistakes and show me what I can fix .
Here are 3 other mistakes that some writers might make as well.
TRYING TO WRITE FOR EVERYONE
I was once a victim to doing that. Trying to write for everyone else. Trying to write what was trending . But the problem with that is that if you try to write for everyone else and not yourself. The writing itself might suffer. So what you do is write what interest you and then find that audience that fits what your writing about.
For instance I’m writing a novel about werewolves that is a post-apocalyptic fantasy. My audience would be anybody who is interested in reading about werewolves in a post-apocalyptic fantasy setting .
Sometimes writers say they are pantsers. Writers who write on the edge of their seats and write as they go without planning. But sometimes neglecting your research as a writer even as a panster can sometimes be a mistake.
When a writer researches they can understand the topics better for what they are writing about. And researching for your novel also improves your skills for writing.
To research thoroughly and quickly a writer can write a goals list of what they want to achieve within their novel and then research those particular points.
ALLOWING SELF DOUBT TO GUIDE YOU
Okay every writer has experienced this especially when you are at a point where your novel seems to be going nowhere and you’re at a writer’s block . But we as writers can’t let it be our mistake . We can’t let self-doubt guide us. So what do we do?
You have to learn how to spot and pin point the self-doubt in your writing journey wherever that might be.
Three main types of self-doubt that may plague us as writers are:
- Goal setting
Whenever you can pinpoint these types of self-doubt you will be able to correct the mistake and finally squash them.
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