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Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Your Book

You've decided to write a book! Congratulations. Making this decision will surely change your life forever. But if you want your book to be successful, there are some mistakes you should avoid when writing it. Let's go over some of the biggest ones:

Reading books about writing.

Reading books about writing is an excellent way to get started in the world of written expression. They can help you understand what good writing looks like, and can provide some inspiration for your own writing projects. However, it's important to remember that most books about writing are not going to give you all of the answers. There is no single book in existence that will magically turn you into a best-selling author overnight.

For one thing, every writer is different. What works for one author may not work for another. So while it's true that many books about writing contain great tips and advice, none of them are going to give you all of the answers. You'll need to do some experimenting on your own to figure out what kind of writing approach will work best in any given situation.

Being too concerned with grammar and spelling.

Many writers can't stop themselves from reading their work over and over again, looking for grammatical and spelling errors. However, this is a mistake, because it can be very distracting and make it hard to focus on writing. It's also a mistake because grammar and spelling changes can always be made later!

Instead of spending too much time worrying about making sure your grammar is perfect before you finish your book, write the story first. You can always go back later and fix mistakes that were made in haste during the initial creative process.

Indulging in perfectionism.

Perfectionism is a form of procrastination. When you're perfecting your book, you're not actually writing the book. You might be doing things that are useful and necessary, but they aren't writing the book. Even if your research and planning stages involve actual writing, your perfectionist tendencies can still get in the way when it comes time to sit down and put words on paper (or screen).

This is because perfectionists are never satisfied with their work. They're always thinking there's something better out there—something more perfect—and so they keep searching for it instead of finishing their own projects. This can be a real issue when it comes to writing books because many writers have a tendency toward perfectionism anyway; this makes them feel like their first drafts aren't good enough or polished enough or thoughtful enough before publishing them as "finished" works!

This is not to say that perfectionism isn't useful or necessary in some ways. When you're writing a book, it's important to know your subject matter inside and out. You have to be an expert on whatever topic you're writing about, which means doing plenty of research and planning before actually putting words down on paper (or screen). But if this perfectionist tendency gets out of hand—if it leads you away from finishing your book—then something has gone wrong somewhere along the line.

Emphasizing the perfect setting.

Writing a story about a person who lives in an apartment complex is a good idea. The setting

is important and can influence the plot and characters of your story. However, you may think that the setting should be the focus of your book. In fact, many authors go so far as to emphasize the perfect setting by describing it in detail or mentioning it repeatedly throughout their work.

However, there is a downside to emphasizing the setting too much. Your reader might be distracted by how beautiful or interesting your story's world is and forgets about the character you are developing.

The reader who is mesmerized by the setting will lose sight of the goal you have set for your story. Even if your character has a difficult time getting along with others, that doesn't mean they don't want to find a way to succeed in this world. Your story's ultimate goal should be getting your character from point A to point B. The setting should be used as background for this journey.

Using too many similes and metaphors.

Here's the thing about metaphors and similes: they're useful tools for making your writing more interesting, but you should use them sparingly. If you use too many of these figurative phrases, it can feel like your writing is trying too hard to be clever. Instead of using them because they sound cool or are funny, use them when they make a point. For example:

"If you want to know how tasty my cookies are, think of a warm breeze that blows through an open window on a hot summer day with sugar-coated flowers growing wild in the field behind your house. Then imagine if all those things were combined into one delicious dessert."

A metaphor like this one might seem silly or even nonsensical, but it gives the reader a clear idea of what your cookies taste like. And that's exactly what you need to do with metaphors and similes in your writing: they should be used to help make a point. If they don't do that, then they're just flowery words meant to make readers think more highly of what you've written.

Spending too much time outlining your book.

One of the most essential parts of writing a book is planning, but don’t let that fact put you off from actually writing. While it’s important to have a clear idea of what you want to say, spending too much time creating an elaborate outline can prevent you from writing. Instead, set aside time each day specifically for outlining and make sure that your outline doesn’t take over your life by doing so.

Thinking of writing as a job.

Writing is a creative process, not a job. It's not something you do to earn money and it's not something you do by choice. Writing is an expression of yourself, your ideas, and the world around you.

Writing will never feel like work until you start making money from it—and even then, it won't truly feel like work because writing is just too fun! So don't think of writing as a job or chore; instead, think of it as something that makes your heart sing every day and gives your life meaning.


Writing a book is a big commitment, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the process. But if you keep these mistakes in mind, you can avoid them and stay on track! Remember that writing should be fun—if it isn’t, take a break. You wouldn’t want to become another statistic of those who never finished their novels because they were too busy worrying about grammar and spelling instead of enjoying the creative process.


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