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5 Common Mistakes Writers Make That Sabotage Their Success

Today’s guest post is by Bella Mahaya Carter.

I’m neither unique nor alone in having made mistakes as a writer that have potentially sabotaged my chance at success. I’ve witnessed these same mistakes among my clients and students.

They aren’t limited to writers, nor are they the first things that come to mind when considering mistakes, but I wish I’d had a clearer understanding of them as a young writer. It would have spared me years of heartache and confusion.

Let’s dig in to the 5 common mistakes writers make and what can be done to correct them and avoid self-sabotage:

  1. Not believing in yourself

In my twenties, my sister gave me a knickknack: a three-inch-square photo frame of a shooting star with the words “Believe in Yourself.” I don’t recall the circumstances that prompted her to offer this support—but I imagine it had to do with a fresh writing rejection, or maybe I was thinking of giving up on writing.

I’d revisit that idea every so often, but the thought of giving up writing was excruciating. I could give up success (whatever that meant), but not writing. Never. I needed it like I needed air.

In retrospect, I didn’t understand that the disappointments I’d experienced were par for the course. Continue Reading…

How to Overcome Discouragement as an Author

Today’s guest post is by Emma Eggleston.

Writing is your passion. You spend hours dreaming up the perfect characters and their marvelous adventures, months writing the first draft, and weeks rewriting, editing, and tweaking your work.

All your friends and family have read your manuscript, and they absolutely love it. You are at the point where you are satisfied with the story you have created. You research the top literary agents for your genre, craft a flawless query, cross your fingers, and bravely send out your submissions.

Then, you wait.

Slowly, the responses start trickling into your in-box. Your heart starts to race as you click that email notification and prepare yourself to read the message. Your eyes quickly scan the words, and your stomach drops when you realize it’s a no.

Time after time, you find yourself facing rejection. Your book is your baby; your characters are your best friends. You would be lying if you said the rejection didn’t hurt. Now, you are questioning whether or not your book is as good as you thought. Months of sacrifice and weekends spent agonizing over your manuscript only to receive disappointing responses leaves you feeling like throwing in the towel altogether. Continue Reading…

Master the Skills to Become a Masterful Writer

How is that novel-writing going?

One reason writers procrastinate is they haven’t taken the time to master the skills. If we attempt to do something—like change the oil in our car or build a bookcase—and we haven’t first learned what’s needed to attempt such a task, it may cost us a whole lot of wasted time.

Just as with learning anything, you’ll do well if you first master, step-by-step, the skills needed. If I have a hankering to build a desk and I don’t know the first thing about working with wood, and have never used any of the needed tools, I’m going to flounder.

This really applies to a career as a novelist. I’m stunned by how many writers waste years—many years—floundering around trying to write novels and don’t know what they’re doing.

Take the time to learn your craft well. Continue Reading…

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