Mistakes Debutant Writers Make

  • They rush to finish the novel

I was not one of those people, happily for me. But I’ve read about many who had this problem. The main idea is that the writer should take his time to make the novel as good as it can be. Writing every day is important, but sometimes the lack of inspiration just kicks in. Don’t be depressed. Guess what? It happens to all of us. I refuse to believe that there is a person out there who has never had writer’s block.

Usually, when one’s in a hurry, he tends to be superficial. I’ve missed some important explanations in my debuting novel and I didn’t even hurry a bit.

  • They don’t take enough time revising

Revision is very important. It improves the book by creating better characters, setting the plotline, and correcting possible typing errors. Now, for the last part, let me tell you that there will be some errors. I’ve had plenty and swear I revised it twice and had two others persons checking it. I am not a machine and I do not read on letters (that’s how you detect typos).

Revising is like retouching a masterpiece. You work at it till you are more than content with the result. Be sure that in the future, after you’ve accumulated more experience you are convinced you could rewrite it way better. But the point is for you to make progress and to give your best at the moment!

  • They spent too much time thinking about what others may say

I personally had few moments like this when I would think “Wouldn’t they it is inappropriate for a teenager writer to describe it?” or “Maybe some will consider it too violent…” because you see, being a writer is hard enough already when it comes to criticism, but I was a teenager so the pressure was even higher. I’ve read hundreds of book, I knew how to describe things that I hadn’t done or been part of. But the question regarding how the society would look on it was in my head.

That’s why I advise you to not think about it. Criticism will come anyway. It doesn’t matter whether you’re 15 or 50; write what you want without being ashamed of it. It’s your art! It’s your thoughts! It’s your way of expressing things!

To overcome the last one, I leave you a beautifully written phrase which captures the process of writing.

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.

– Cyril Connolly

3 thoughts on “Mistakes Debutant Writers Make

  1. This is all great advice. There were times when I just wanted to write “the end”. I thought all was well and good until a friend would read it. Generally, he gave me two words that I instantly understood and the two words you never want to hear from a reader “That’s it?”


  2. What a great post. So right. We all have a uniqueness in our writing.
    All the best. Kris.


  3. […] to this trap in the past, when I was a newbie (if you’re a newbie as well, I suggest you read THIS post). If you want to properly correct your book, you should be patient and not rush the process or […]


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