Most Common Writing Mistakes: Are Your Verbs Showing or Telling?
Most Common Writing Mistakes
K. M Weiland
Want to learn how to write right? Sometimes the best way to ace your writing is to first learn how to avoid doing things the wrong way. But wouldn’t you need a comprehensive list of the most common writing mistakes authors make—and tips on how to avoid them?
Yup. And here’s that list!
In my ongoing Most Common Writing Mistakes series, I identify the most common writing mistakes I see time and again. You’ll be able to avoid your fellow authors’ mishaps by learning how to spot problem areas in your structure, narrative, and character building. Even better, you’ll learn more than just how to avoid these mistakes—you’ll learn how to turn them on their heads to create strong writing techniques and powerful stories.
This is a guest post by Warren, a marketing enthusiast, and blogger at EduGeeksClub, who loves music. If he doesn’t have a guitar in his hands, he’s probably embracing new technologies and marketing techniques online. You can connect with Warren on Twitter and Facebook.
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Writing has always been my thing. From poems to creative writing projects to research papers, I could do everything well at school. My teachers kept advising me: “You’re doing well in this… You should become a writer.” That’s exactly what I aimed for: become a writer. So that’s what I did.
There’s one main thing I realized on this journey: writing is not just about novels and stories. I did that, too. I wrote a few short novels and stories. However, I’ve also used my skill to earn money in other ways. I also connected with other writers…
We like to get stuff done. Nothing better than checking something off a list, shutting a computer with everything finished, or collapsing on the couch after getting all that stuff you needed to get done, done.
Writers like to know that they are finished for the day. The edits that needed to be made were made, they finished that chapter, they finished that outline, they finished their word count.
Word count. These are the golden words of the day. WORD COUNT.
You’ve heard it before. You need to set a word count for the day. You set it so you get stuff done. We’re writers, and we are supposed to write, and hopefully more than two sentences, so we give ourselves a word count to fill up.
But….is it necessary? *some voices in the back disagree*
Just a short blog post to share my experiences this week, that is loosely linked to my writing.
Lately, when I’ve sat at my computer to write, my wedding ring finger has been tingling, until it had become quite painful. Its gradually gotten worse and my finger around the gold ring has become swollen and red. Bearing in mind that I havn’t been able to remove the ring for at least 20 years, I thought I should have it removed.
I had in mind going to the doctors or the jewellers but my husband had other ideas. He searched the internet for a quick solution to my discomfort. There’s a way to remove a ring without having to cut into it apparently, that involved tying an elastic band tightly around the finger and then winding the elastic, thus taking the ring off at the same time.
Well, this method did not work for me. It left my finger almost black and sore, and me running to the jewelers! As you can see by the image, my finger had blistered under the ring, which is now totally split (and safely in my jewelry box!).
The cost to refit it involves soldering a piece onto the ring, and parting with 100 AUS dollars.
Well worth the cost though, and to keep my finger!
If anyone thinks of trying this method, think again….take the ring (and finger) to someone who knows what they’re doing.
It is an extremely common case for writers to face this semi-mythical thing called ‘writer’s block’. Some believe that it exists while some think that it is a myth.
For readers or people who do not write, it is probably difficult for you to imagine how it feels like to have writer’s block. to put it in a simple way, ‘I know what will happen but I cannot put it into words’, Get it?
Just a few images taken this afternoon at Nerang National park. We take the dog up there every now and then, and it was cooler today than its been. Temperatures have hit 52 degrees these last few weeks, so there’s a real danger of bush fires at the minute.
The local wildlife find this weather intense as well, and reports of snakes attacking people and animals has intensified. We keep our fox terrier Billy on a lease at all times, which he’s not totally happy with, but I’d rather be safe than sorry, especially as Brown snakes love basking in the sun and can be really aggressive!
I took my mobile with me today, so here are a couple of pictures of the local fauna. It still amazes me how the flowers thrive in such heat, but they are certainly sun loving…🌻
Last week, I participated in a flash fiction challenge in which I picked two subgenres to mash together into a single short story. I did this using a random number generator and landed on dystopia and erotica. (Read it here if you’re so inclined.)
Yep, erotica. As in hormones, blood rushes and naughty bits. I didn’t go all-out graphic with the sexy time because that’s not what I like to write. But it’s there enough.
I also didn’t post the thing to Facebook or Twitter, like I normally do.
Well…I’m not sure. I did post the link on the site hosting the challenge, but that’s it. I think it was because I knew my mom wouldn’t be able to find it there.
Silly, I know. She, along with most of my other readers at this point, is an adult. If she didn’t want to read it, she…
The New Year is well and truly here, and it’s time to get our writing goals in place.
My own goals?
I’m planning on finishing my current novel. It’s a little bit different from my previous writing endeavors – its a contemporary novel set in southern England.
I’m going to keep updating and posting on this blog. I love how we are able to share our thoughts, ideas, and creativity through this medium. Looking forward to posting more here.
I am applying to do a Masters degree in Writing and Literature. I’ve given myself some time to think about this, but as a means of getting feedback on my writing, I think it’ll be both rewarding and inspiring. I’m waiting for acceptance, so will keep you posted on that result….
I also have a second book in the pipeline, that follows on from my Stella Windermere series of mysteries. The books involve a quirky, retired amateur sleuth and her trusty side kick Joe. They are set in my hometown in south Wales. I’m excited to write and publish my next book and to revisit the character of Stella.
So, I’ve been thinking about – where we actually get our creativity? Is it in our dreams? Or our daydreams?
The American Gothic writer Edgar Allen Poe, once said:
“Those who dream by day are cognisant of many things which escape those who dream at night.”
Are our daydreams more powerful than our dreams? Some people delve deep into their daydreams, into their subconscious mind, to make wonderful creative discoveries. Someone once told me that Agatha Christie weaved her plot lines whilst sitting in her bath. Its a means of free thinking, opening your mind to new possibilities, and scenarios in your creativity. The words ‘What if?’ can be an excellent writing tool to allow endless possibilities. Virginia Woolf famously used her dreams to write her ‘stream of conscious’ novels in this way. I like to take my dog out on long walks.
Woolf tells us that:
“It is in our idleness, in our dreams that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.”
I love her nod to the Truth, for that is at the heart of any writer….’Write what you know’ they tell us, and we should. For human emotions, love, hope, faith, revenge, are what connects us all, and should be displayed in our writing.
“And the Truth shall set you free!” – Comedian Jim Carrey has said, and it is very true, for our fictional writing and for our own reality.