The Five Critical Mistakes That Aspiring Writers Need To Avoid


When you’re new to the literary game, it can be rather easy to fall into some (or all) of these traps. For your own sake, please don’t. Things can change. You can achieve your literary ambitions—but that won’t be likely to happen if you’re afflicted by the following:

1. A Lack of Confidence – You may not have had your work published in any literary journals. You may have had to self-publish that first book. You may not have even completed that first book. So what. Where you are today is not where you have to be tomorrow.

2. A Lack of Writing – You may talk a lot about being a writer, but how much are you actually writing? Aspiring writers turn into emerging writers through writing a great deal. Your work may be rough at first, but like anything else, with practice you’ll grow into a better writer.

3. A Lack of Control – You can’t write because your life has gone awry. If so, you need to take steps to fix your life before anything else. Once your life has some semblance of order, you can turn your literary dreams into your reality.

4. A Lack of Technique – Unfortunately, many aspiring writers don’t read much. You can’t write if you’re not a reader. Reading teaches technique. While blogs like this one, helpful books, and creative writing courses can teach a great deal, it’s an uphill battle if you don’t love to read. Truthfully, reading teaches technique better than any of the aforementioned resources.

5. Treating Writing As a Chore – The world won’t end if your book isn’t completed. Your world won’t end if your book isn’t completed. Writing should be a lot of fun. Writing shouldn’t feel like work. If you treat writing like work, it’s going to start to feel like a job. Writing should never feel like a job. Please don’t put that much pressure on yourself!

Have you made any of these mistakes? How have you overcome them? I’d love to hear your story of how you overcame these challenges.

5 thoughts on “The Five Critical Mistakes That Aspiring Writers Need To Avoid”

  1. Great post – thx for sharing this! I have suffered a lot with getting into the discipline of writing every day. It’s not easy and so easy to give up / lay on the sofa and watch TV. Going back over old stuff that you have written does help kick start the writing again. This saved me 🙂

  2. I’ve made mistakes 1, and on occasion 5. When my confidence fails it makes my writing feel like work. The way I get around this is to talk to writer friends. I brainstorm ideas with them and get new perspectives on my work. This always revitalizes me because we’ll find an idea that sparks for me.

    1. Ah, such a good suggestion. I think it’s natural as writers for us to get lost in our own ideas – that’s why I love when my friends offer feedback. It’s usually quite helpful hearing their thoughts, and yes, it does spark PLENTY of new ideas!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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