Originally published at: https://shanniiwrites.com/2019/07/03/mistakes-new-writers-make-and-how-to-avoid-them/
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For poor grammar, I know that many new writers have poor grammar (I do lol) especially if they aren’t writing in their first language but I haven’t seen anyone who says that it’s unimportant. If someone said that to me… I wouldn’t know what to say, because it is!
I agree with that you have to read to improve as a writer and be supportive to other writers and ultimately friends.
Mhm, people in general aren’t that good at taking criticism but criticism is amazing if you know how to approach it! This is something I have to work on as well because it’s kind of hard to take constructive criticism.
Ugh, rip GoT. I bet the books are amazing though! It’s kind of sad that they cut it short, they definitely had the audience and numbers to continue another season. I guess they just didn’t want to work on it anymore.
Don’t have a lot to say about the advertising more than there were some awesome tips there.
Yes, yes, and for any writers who are struggling with with grammar, then I’m happy to help proofread your story for you. I have done this for Fraud too. (wink)
Hehe yes, thank you! Very helpful but very scary Thaaanks
HEHEHEHE! You’re soooo cute.
I don’t really think I’m a new writer because I write stories for a few years now. I never made the first two mistakes, grammar was always important to me and I love to check out other people’s stories!
To mistake 4… I still do that one I feel bad but I really haven’t planned anything about my story other than a rough idea of where I want it to end and the characters I want to see in there. And I probably advertised my story way too soon, but I still got some readers so I don’t think it was a big mistake.
I say don’t avoid the mistake, lean in, hit every traffic cone then look back five years from now and feel embarrassed like the rest of us.
Remember that if you really enjoyed this blog, feel free to recommend it (it’s similar to liking it). This will help with it being higher in the results of search engines too.
ngl this was one of the blogs i hadn’t really paid attention to, as i’m technically not a new writer, and i believe that making mistakes is a very important part of the learning process
and well this was a pleasantly surprising read
i agree with Shannii in most points, but (as usual) i have a couple things to add:
Mistake 1: Poor Grammar
while i agree on the fact that grammar is important to stories i must also add that expecting perfect grammar out of everyone can be a classist stance… “proper grammar” in general can be a classist stance, as it stems from a couple privileged white people dictating what’s right and what isn’t
if anyone’s interested on the theory behind this, Ángel Rama has some interesting texts on the topic
also, perfect grammar isn’t needed in some cases, if you ask me
for example: dialogue
Mistake 7: Only Using Forums to Advertise
i completely agree with this, one’s got to make a name for themself
but i’d like to add, it’s a good idea to branch out and use social media along with the forums
i’ve discovered some great writers because of twitter, for example!
Guys, remember that your first draft isn’t meant to be perfect. That’s why it’s a first draft.
Just write down your story, don’t go back and edit anything until you’re finished unless you might not remember later.
As someone once said, right down your story and then make it look like you knew what you were doing all along.
This is something that has plagued me for a long time and in the long run it probably hindered my progress by trying to make the first draft perfect