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Avoiding Common Mistakes: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Mistakes happen. Even the best of us will make typos, place a hotel in the wrong part of a city, put a car park at a sports stadium that doesn’t have one, etc. These are the kinds of mistakes you want to avoid, but a good copy editor will usually help you fix them when they happen.
Then there are the mistakes that can be a death-knell to a book’s chances of success. Poor use of language, an over-reliance on heavy-handed themes, disregarding feedback. These mistakes are like a rot in your book, and they can’t be easily circled in red pen and fixed in a line edit. No, these mistakes take a concentrated effort to avoid, a dedication to improving yourself as an author.
So here’s some of the best advice available for doing just that.
1: The 10 Biggest Mistakes New Authors Make – We start with the Huffington Post, looking at the most important considerations any new author should give. If you’re a little more experienced, don’t disregard these, however. This is solid advice at any stage of your career.
2: The 5 Biggest Fiction-Writing Mistakes (And How to Fix Them) – These are some foundational lessons for writing fiction, from avoiding the “everybody’s happy” cliché at the start of your book, to making sure there’s real tension and a chance for your characters to suffer loss as the story goes on.
3: 10 Mistakes That Authors Make That Cost a Fortune (And How to Avoid Them) – Back to the Huffington Post here, for a step back outside of the book itself and into the business end of things.
4: 5 Story Mistakes Even Good Writers Make – Even the best of us make mistakes. Here are some advanced tips on avoiding the kind of mistakes that can creep into the work of the most experienced authors.
5: 7 Simple Fixes For The Writing Mistakes That Brand You an Amateur – Lastly, some reminders of little mistakes that can so easily slip into our work.
That’s all for this week. Good luck!
(c) Paul Anthony Shortt
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