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Avoiding Common Mistakes: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt

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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


Paul Anthony Shortt believes in magic and monsters; in ghosts and fairies, the creatures that lurk under the bed and inside the closet. The things that live in the dark, and the heroes who stand against them. Above all, he believes that stories have the power to change the world, and the most important stories are the ones which show that monsters can be beaten.
Paul's work includes the Memory Wars Trilogy and the Lady Raven Series. His short fiction has appeared in the Amazon #1 bestselling anthology, Sojourn Volume 2.

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