It will be surprising enough to know that the readers are quite reluctant to accept the kind of mistakes writers tend to make. It is not typographical errors, but they are simply grammatical and errors related with incorrect usage of verb forms that’s what a survey by Grammarly has observed. It is not a crime for any writer to commit mistakes but many a times apart from some grammatical and typographical mistakes writers tend to either over project themselves over social media and sometimes are unable to highlight themselves or their work.
Let’s take a look at some of the mistakes that may take a toll on writers later on –
- Absence or Overuse of social media: It is important to connect with your readers and fans on a regular basis if you are an established author. Not following up regularly or when needed can make the readers loose interest in you. Moreover, social media is a good platform to inform readers about your upcoming books and book launches, blog posts and writing works. Similarly, on a contrary note if you don’t have a big fan following simply using social media for status updates and picture posts will make them bounce back on you without giving a real appreciation for the literary skills.
- Spelling and Punctuation: Sounds quite childish and simple, but spelling and punctuation mistakes are easily identifiable by the editors during the editing process and that leaves an unprofessional impression on part of the author. Therefore, a committed and professional writer is one who takes care of spelling, punctuation and grammar while writing.
- Reading less often: Reading is a must for any person who aspires to be a good author/writer. Reading various journals or books maintains a flow of thoughts and helps a writer in having an updated vocabulary. Reading is like meditating with own mind and developing it for a channelized writing and also avoiding those mistakes that you are able to identify in other writer.
- Editorial help: One may can be a tremendously professional and talented writer but necessary not be a good editor. While writers may tend to get possessive about their work and which is quite possible, they might overlook certain flaws. On the other hand, a good and professional editor catches your nerve and provides you a finest and correct guidance for your work. It is always advisable to go for professional editing services.
- Dull plots and Dialogues: Plot is the underlying basis of your book or the story. Dull plots and disinteresting or monotonous dialogues let the reader leave novels half way. Avoid repetition of words and monotony in dialogues. Try the technique of plot mapping and character building while defining characters and base of your novel. Always keep a notepad or small diary with you and note down every single thought that comes to your mind wherever you are, and later on improvise it.
- Show and Tell: A writer’s ability of making the reader feel exactly what is written, gets him the popularity. Therefore, use few and crisp words or dialogues and avoid long explanation of the situations or characters. This leads to boredom. Explore new plots and subjects, connect with reality and create interest. The reader should be able to visualize the plot and characters and feels completely gripped.
Making mistakes is a part of the learning process but not accounting them and correcting them will not make one a promising writer. Strengthen your writing by a continuous practice and have a wide spectrum of thinking.