I’ve been a writer on various platforms since I was 14. That’s 8 years now. I feel so old! In that time, I evolved from a fanfiction writer to someone hellbent on creating their own fiction and standing out. I moved from fanfiction.net to Archive of Our Own. Then Episode Interactive and Chapters. Now, I’m getting ready to (hopefully) build up a readership over on Wattpad. Of course, I was also an avid reader and a reviewer whenever I could be. With all of that experience reading and avoiding writing I have under my belt, I feel like I’m qualified to speak about the mistakes that new writers make.
Believe it or not, but new writers on all of my platforms make a lot of the same mistakes. It can be so easy to think that you’ve got this whole writing thing sorted when you start out. In fact, it’s usually the less experienced writers who believe they know everything they need to know to start writing. That’s what’s known as the Dunning-Krueger Effect and it can seriously affect how quickly you grow as a writer. Don’t let that happen to you. Be aware of the mistakes that the newbie writers out there make. Be aware of them so that you can beat them! You’ll have a much better time for it.
So here are some of the biggest mistakes for you to consider and how you can avoid being the typical newbie writer.