Mistakes New Writers Make and How to Avoid Them

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.

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Why You Need Good Grammar in Your Stories

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You’ve probably heard people say that you need good grammar before. They’ll read your story and point out the smallest errors and that can leave you angry or annoyed. Why does it even matter so much, anyway? If they know what you mean, why should they even care? You’re only human, after all. You’re going to make mistakes! And of all the things they could focus on, they choose the thing that seems to have nothing to do with the story. Believe me! I get where you’re coming from! So why would you need good grammar in your stories so bad?

I understand how tempting it can be to just type away and hope your ideas make up for the language. You have some good points to make, but you just don’t have the language skills to show it yet. Why should you have to limit your imagination just because you aren’t a grammar expert? It does kinda seem like other writers are just being elitist from the outside. I mean, they don’t seem to care if you have the best story idea in the world! Ugh.

Well, there is a good reason why people say what they do. In fact, there are many good reasons! Who doesn’t want to read a well-written story, after all? Stories aren’t just good ideas written down on scraps of paper. It takes care to write well, and that’s what a lot of readers are looking for.

Still not sure? Well, here are some reasons why you need good grammar in your stories.

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