Top 10 Mistakes Aspiring and Creative Writers Make - Are You Guilty of Any?

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Top 10 Mistakes Aspiring and Creative Writers Make - Are You Guilty of Any?

Top 10 Mistakes Aspiring and Creative Writers Make - Are You Guilty of Any?
Are you an aspiring creative writer? Think you wont make any mistakes? Think again! Think you've already made all the mistakes? Think again! There's many more you can make. Although, as you progress in your writing career, you'll make less mistakes, you'll grow, improve and become a great writer. That much I'm sure of as I consider no serious writer nothing short than great anyway!

But there are some writing mistakes that some young but aspiring and even creative writers make sometimes. Some more than the rest, some not so much. But that's either because they haven't learned anything from their mistakes and keep falling into the same trap over and over. Stop doing that to yourself! Learn about what are the top 10 mistakes that writers make today, and forever..

And learn about how to not commit these same mistakes yourself, why they are the top 10 mistakes writers and authors make and how to avoid committing them yourself! And this will be mistakes that actual book authors can and will make too. But can be applied to all those freelance writers out there as well! Top 10 Mistakes Aspiring and Creative Writers Make - Are You Guilty of Any?

1. Waiting for Inspiration to Come to You.
Like time, inspiration waits for no man. You have to go out there and hunt it like its your prey. And when you find it, grab it by both horns. Bleed it dry and make fur boots! You can't wait for inspiration to just come to you. Well you can, but if you go out and look for her you'll find her a lot quicker than waiting for her to come and find you!

Tip: Inspiration is fleeting! You have to catch it with a net. Go out and hunt for it by getting involved with those things that are relevant to your business/site/industry.

2. Looking for a Publisher Before You've Finished.
Whoa whoa slow your horses mr! Let's do one thing at a time. Finish your project first before you start wondering and thinking about who's going to publish it. Sure, it's good to look around and research but nobody is going to publish it if it's not completed! So finish it first, pour your heart and soul into it. Then when it's done, you're one step closer to getting it published.

Tip: Instead of finding a publisher, you can help them to find you by promoting your book and snippets of it on social media and book publishing forums and blogs etc.

3. Using a Passive Voice, Weak Nouns & Verbs.
Over a long period of time, and especially if consistently throughout, a passive voice just becomes so, meh! It lacks the character and personality that is synonymous with the main characters or people within your story or book. And just using weak nouns and verbs that aren't very thought about just make the reader lose less and less interest on every page they turn.

Tip: Look up other ways to say stuff and words to say instead on sites like Pinterest etc like this pin I find that has some other ways to say some commonly used weak nouns and verbs.

Top 10 Mistakes Aspiring and Creative Writers Make - Are You Guilty of Any?

4. Not Outlining Properly.
To outline or not to outline? That is the question but what is the answer? To be honest, it really depends on you and what kind of writer you are! There are two types of writers. Well there's more, but the main two when it comes to outlining are those that do and those that don't. Those that do outline the subject matter, and those that don't just keep writing on and powering their way through. But those that don't often means the resulting content is hard to break down easily or even make sense of in some cases depending on who or what's being written about.

Tip: Create a bigger, better story by outlining important events, people, scenarios and situations.

5. Trying to Write Differently.
Some writers don't want to sound the same as other writers. And I understand that! I really do. Nobody wants to be seen as the same as how are you going to stand out in the crowd when you need to get published you know? And everyone loves to be unique. Well we all are at the end of the day. But some writers deliberately try to write differently to try and sound different. But don't do that! For starters it's fake. It's not the real you. And that's not something you will want or or be able to keep up for the rest of your life is it? So what if you sound the same and use the same words as everyone else more or less. It's still YOUR story and will still be unique. Only you can say what it will say in the words that came from your heart and mind. And no two hearts and minds are the same!

Tip: Never try to write differently just to sound different. To thine own self be true! - Polonius.

6. Not Reading Books in Your Genre for Fear of Plagiarising.
This might sound daft on the face of it but there is some logic in peoples madness. Logic that I'm going to burst like a balloon! Don't not read books in your genre for the fear you'll be accused of plagiarising someone else's content! I can see why people might think this would happen but do you really have that small of an imagination? Come on! Give yourself some credit! You have an INFINITE imagination and nobody can even conceive!

Tip: Do read books in your genre, as much as possible. You'll learn what that genre needs and become a better writer/author for it!

7. Not Scheduling Your Writing Times.
Every great writer needs to learn to write first. And the more you do, every word you type, every page you complete, the more you'll improve. But more than this, if you really want to complete that amazing book, story or novel or some other book you're writing, then you will probably need to schedule in some times in your day, week/month that you can sit down and chop away at it! There are some amazing books you can buy now that would have been with us much quicker if the writers/authors of them would have more managed, scheduled and dedicated some time to completing them!

Tip: Try to schedule writing times for early in the mornings and get it out of the way. You be more willing to write in the mornings when it's quiet but also feel much more productive for it.

8. Not Knowing What to Say.
Uh ohhhh writers block bam! Top 10 Mistakes Aspiring and Creative Writers Make - Are You Guilty of Any? You've just hit a brick wall and can't scale it. That's writers block! And not knowing what to say, write about or communicate in your article or book is something we all often come up against. It's like, we have the knowledge in us, but we just can't find the words to say about what we know or how to say it! And this is something that can prevent some people from even typing a single word. But it's simply writers block and there are many ways to overcome that block wall if you learn how to find inspiration!

Tip: Overcome writing block by finding ways to be inspired. Learn what those things are and do them until yuo find the inspiration to overcome your block.

9. Not Reading a Single Book or Taking Classes (screenplay, writing etc).
Some people just don't like to read period. Some people even despise it! But they still go on to write amazing books and content. If that's you, then power to you! But some people really love to read and learn how to read. Even though they already can. But every great author will tell you that you should read books and even take classes if you want to be a successful author because it's from those things that those authors got most of their ideas and inspiration and writing skills from!

Tip: Don't be afraid of reading! It will only go on to help you to become a better, smarter writer and or author anyway in the long run.

10. Having Great Ideas for Stories But Weak Character Personalities.
I've heard many great story pitches in my life and some of them get me really excited. And then I ask them about their characters and sometimes I end up pulling their house of cards down from the top and they then get annoyed of me for exposing the holes and weaknesses in their characters and their personalities. lol But let me tell you now, having a great story is one thing, but if your characters don't truly live up to that story, it will likely disappoint and bore people. 

Tip: Great stories are built on top of great characters. Never create unlikely, weak personality characters and put as much thought into them as your story itself.

And that's your Top 10 Mistakes Aspiring and Creative Writers Make - Are You Guilty of Any? Top 10 Mistakes Aspiring and Creative Writers Make - Are You Guilty of Any?

What other writing mistakes are there you know of that writers/authors can make and how to avoid them?




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As for me, even though I write this stuff, I still make mistakes in my writing from time to time. Even though I have about 20 years of experience as a freelance writers and author, I still often have that boo boo moment, those brain farts! But that's okay! Because we learn from doing. And mistakes aren't something that should be looked at as complete and total failures. Because you can learn from them and learn how not to repeat them again. So when you do make a mistake, don't come down on yourself too hard for it! Learn from it! That will go on to make you a better, smarter, more accomplished and successful writer and author! Top 10 Mistakes Aspiring and Creative Writers Make - Are You Guilty of Any?

You know it makes sense!!

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I must admit that I am guilty of some of these things here. For example, not scheduling regular times to do my creative writing is a big problem for me. I truly need to be more disciplined. You could be the greatest writer in the world, but if you do not apply yourself and treat it like a job, at work at it every day on the regular, then you will never reach your full potential. Also, I can be guilty of writing more than I read, and this can be a real rookie mistake. You need to read constantly to be a better writer, and my desk, floor, bedside table, bathroom floor, etc. are all littered with books and magazines that I have half read, never started to read, or have barely cracked open. That is not a good thing.

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Not knowing what to say or write is probably one of the worst things to come across and I'm sure it's a mistake that a lot of aspiring and creative writers have come across. Like you said, most of the time it is simply just writer's block and can actually be easily overcome. All you have to do is go for a bit of a break. And hopefully, when you are finished and start to write again, a lot of ideas will start coming back to your head.

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One of the most common mistake that I find in new writers is the redundancy and the so called going in circles. Obviously, the writer does not know what to say or write about the subject matter. In one audition for writers, I had the privilege of reading the written exams and that’s what I saw in most of them – they don’t know the subject very well but since it was a test so they had to write whatever they can think of. The half a page of manuscript had nothing but words and phrases…. yet no substance at all.

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I have to admit that at times I keep using the same words repeatedly and to be honest when I go through my content again I find it to be boring. I am now using the thesaurus and this has helped me to improve my vocabulary and write richer contents.

I find it easier to write in the morning as I can concentrate better. So I try to wake up early every day and write as much as I can. I usually do other kinds of work during the day.

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Great article. Creative writing is no walk in the park. To be successful you need to get those creative juices flowing.Writing or working from homes seems so easy. But it's not. You have to be super disciplined . Time management is extremely important. You need to plan your day with military precision. Otherwise you end up not having achieved much. You definitely need to set aside time to write. This is the diffrence between sucess and failure.

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I started reading through the list, and the second I hit "passive voice" I threw my head back and just sat here thinking "oh god, that's 100% me." Even when I was a high school student I can remember getting papers back from my teacher that said in huge letters at the top "PASSIVE VOICE" underlined three times. It's always been a problem for me, and one I can't seem to get away from (although admittedly I could probably afford to put a little more effort into moving away from it, but it's hard to break a habit you've always had!)

Not outlining also hits pretty close to home. I'm sure everyone has the same problem - thinking "oh, I know what I want to write, I don't need to plan it out." But then you realize that you've been writing for a while now, and the story get left behind some two, three hours back with no indication of where it went.

Then of course the last one. Characters are so important, but so many of my own stories have just collapsed under the weight of bad character design. It's so easy to just fall into habit and create the same basic, boring character that's been seen time and time again. I like the idea of building a story on top of a great character - maybe that's where I should start, rather than creating characters that I think fit my story.

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I have a tendency to lapse into passive voice as well. If it makes you feel any better, I think that this is quite terribly common. You and I are very similar in our "creative writing mistakes", so to speak. I tend to outline bigger projects, but I run under false pretenses, often, when I think I do not need to outline smaller written pieces. I think a good outline, even if it is sparse, sketchy, and skeletal, is better than no outline at all. Furthermore, believable characters with three dimensional personalities and believable dialogue are incredibly hard to write, so I struggle with that as well in my fiction.

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The first writing mistake I make is not scheduling my writing time properly. Like many people, I have a demanding daily life and I don't protect my writing block, but instead, keep moving them around. This has delayed my writing a book many times and discourages me from wanting to write at all. Sticking with a writing schedule is something I know I must do to be successful. Reading it here confirms and reminds me to make it a priority.

The second mistake I make is not outlining properly. I do create an outline, but I find myself veering away from it too often. I get inspired to write about something not on my outline and I go off on a tangent instead of sticking to my own plan. This also delays the completion of my work unnecessarily. I have to admit I don't know how to train myself to stop doing this. I like writing from my heart and feel stifled by following an outline even though I know I need one. Any suggestions?

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I think that the biggest mistake which I do in my writing is the use of passive voices. I lived the tip that you have attached to your post. Now I will always try to attach a strong alternative for every common noun or verb.

Secondly it is the lack of proper research that leads me to backdrop. I read only a few related articles. My research is always limited and I rarely opt for a detailed study.

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This is such a nice post! It was a great read and was truly an eye opener. I have a couple of websites and I currently don't have the funds to hire content writers. All of the content in my website are 100% written by me. And boy is it hard. And then I read this post and I found out that I'm guilty of primarily three things:

#1. waiting for inspiration to come - I don't search for inspiration. I get lazy most of the time when writing and wait for inspiration to come to me. This results to very little articles written.
#3. Using a Passive Voice, Weak Nouns & Verbs - I kind of tend to use the same words over and over which makes my articles boring. Sometimes, I go over my posted articles and change some words using thesaurus. Lol.
#7. Not Scheduling Your Writing Times - I don't have a scheduled time for writing. When I feel like writing, then I write. When I don't feel like writing, then I don't. Again, this results to only a few written articles. Top 10 Mistakes Aspiring and Creative Writers Make - Are You Guilty of Any?

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Sometimes writers out of laziness use the same word again and again not bothering to think or google for a synonym to use, a writer should practice by memorizing atleast 3-5 synonyms for a word, doing this will give the writer an improved vocabulary which is always handy when writing.

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This article is good. Makes me laugh when I am guilty of one of the items here. But it teaches me to point out that it should be not done when I will right again. This is an eye opener for beginner. Top 10 Mistakes Aspiring and Creative Writers Make - Are You Guilty of Any?

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I am also guilty of using passive voice in my writing as well as using the same words over and over. Maybe because while writing, we tend to feel like we are just normally talking to someone that is why we write whatever comes to mind and doesn't really think of how proper we say it.

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There is no such thing as advice that applies to everyone. I have looked for a publisher before I finished, in fact I have secured a publisher with only three chapters finished because this is completely routine procedure for non-fiction. My idea of mistake would be taking advice from random people on the internet too seriously. I have also trade published 5 novels which provided most of my income for a decade while rampantly committing 4, 5, 7, 9 and 10.

The only rule is: do what works for you.

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I think a good addition to your list is "Writing Something You're Not Passionate About". You can really see and feel a content which has no soul. Something written without passion. So my tip to newbies is to write about things that you're passionate about. This would give your content some soul and it would shine if done properly.

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