This is Where Most Authors Make Mistakes
Authors Make Mistakes

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Authors make mistakes.

This is the common cycle, but there are other authors who want to go a step further.

They know that this isn't just about writing books and making them available to avid readers looking for something new to read. They know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they have something incredible within their grasp, something powerful enough to make millions around the world turn their heads and take notice.

Authors are people who allow their creativity to flow from their brain to their fingertips, to write or type their story, their lesson, their idea on a page and have the world bear witness to their creation. Then, they will use their end-product to make an opportunity for themselves, a gateway to success, one may describe.

These authors must understand that the book is only a part of this journey, it's not the end-game. They know they need to connect with their audience before that, learn what makes them tick, and use that knowledge to make themselves into something that will change the world as we know it.

The problem with this, the fatal flaw that many of them fall into is that they spend a lot of their time focusing on the book and only on the book. They don't use what they know to become something more, someone new.

Let me set a scene.

You’re interested in making a book, so you research how people start their own journeys or how books are made and realize – oh, that’s a lot of work.

We arrive at this conclusion because there are so many steps in making a book – manuscripts, book designing, editing, publishing, marketing, sales, reviews – people will begin to procrastinate.

The amount of work can overwhelm people and people are bound to make common mistakes, and people will decide to “do it later,” or “when I have time” and when they actually do decide to do it, they don’t start with an actual book outline. This is one grave mistake any aspiring author can possibly make.

Mistake Number 1: Not starting with a book outline

Authors Make Mistakes

Writers make these common mistakes all the time. From your point of view, you will think it's fine but even the most experienced writers, let alone new authors, will forget some details. Small details make the big story, as I always like to say.

If you don’t start with a book outline, you can get confused in the process of writing your own book. There won’t be a guide to follow. Your ideas can tend to go sideways or all over the place and believe me, no one wants to read a book that’s confusing. Your book’s main point and other supporting ideas must flow beautifully. You can only do this if you have a solid book outline.

The book outline is the backbone of writing your book, a guide to help you follow in writing your book. It will be instrumental in helping you get from start to finish of writing your book.

A solid project plan and book template will also help you organize all the required elements for writing nonfiction or fiction books – writing style used, topic headings, subtopic headings, and more – which makes it easy to read and follow.

With a book outline in place, writing your book is easier to do. You will also find writing your book to be fun and not as stressful as it is when you don’t have anything planned or written down on paper.

Your writing process can get messy without an outline to follow; you might get confused about writing your book. You don’t want writing your book to be a process that will make you go insane or stress yourself out.

When writing science fiction books, fantasy novels, horror stories, the writing process can get confusing because of all the different worlds being created while writing. 

Your outline works as a blueprint that helps you organize each world as well as eliminate any confusion when writing your story. A writing outline for writing a novel can be your guide in writing the twists and turns in your book, where they should go when to put them on paper, or type it out. You’ll have ideas flowing freely from your mind, into writing and this will help prevent writer’s block.

Mistake Number 2: You edit while you write your first draft

Authors Make Mistakes

The next mistake people tend to make is that while they are writing their masterpiece of a book, they also try to edit it. This is a big no-no. Do you want to know why? Because you’re trying to make it perfect the first time around. That’ll take a toll on you plus it’ll take you way too long to even finish your rough draft. They’re called rough drafts for a reason. So just calm down, write it as it flows, and then make the changes after you’re finished.

I’ll admit rushing the writing process to perfection never does anyone any good. But so is thinking they can do everything by themselves. I’ll be honest, making a book can prove to be difficult. That’s why I always tell aspiring authors to never be afraid to ask for help. You don’t have to do it all by yourself and you shouldn’t.

You can call in a friend or loved one for opinions, get an editor to help with your manuscript, or even hire a publishing firm like to facilitate your whole book-making process and marketing services. I’d recommend you get experts to help you out on your first run. Don’t be afraid to ask for a little help, it takes courage to do so and even more so to accept the fact that you aren’t any less of an author if you do.

Always remember writing is a journey, and we learn from our mistakes. Make as many writing mistakes as you can, the more writing mistakes you make, the better your writing will become in no time at all. So don’t be afraid to fail because everybody fails. I mean seriously!

You wouldn't know how to walk if you didn't stumble along with every step you take. It's the same with writing: when we write for the first time it becomes hard to imagine where we are going wrong because we don't have anything to compare it with. But by making writing mistakes you develop an advanced sense of what works and what doesn’t work. Writing may look easy, but only those who actually do it know the struggle.

When you’re writing your book, writing must be a top priority and not an afterthought. It means writing should be the single thing that you do in most of your waking hours for days or even years at a time, if necessary. The key to writing a fantastical story is writing every day, without a break—day-in and day-out—until it's done.

It might seem crazy but it works. When writing becomes an obsession, writers often don’t sleep much and sometimes forget to eat. But keep on going until the last word has been written in the final draft of your manuscript!

Then take a rest before you start editing your book because that’s when all the writing mistakes you make while writing will really stand out and it’ll be easier to see them. Because writing is a lot like riding a bike… You need to fall before you learn how to ride one properly. (if that makes sense)

So yeah! Writing mistakes are the butter to writing’s bread. They’re a great source of learning and better writing, so embrace them instead of fighting against them. Also, remember writing a book is like writing a baby- it'll take time (and maybe some blood) but in the end, you'll be proud. So keep writing, never give up… and happy writing!

Mistake Number 3: Not knowing how you want your book to be published

If writing a book is something you are doing for either yourself or profit, it is important to know how you want your book to be published. In the past few years, self-publishing has become increasingly popular as more and more people decide that writing a book is something they need to do.

In fact, writing a book has become so popular that many people think they can do it. Just writing something and then publishing it online is not writing a book. Writing a book is writing something purposefully for public consumption. Whether for profit or in the spirit of sharing your life experiences with others.

What exactly are my options for publishing?

There are many options available to you when writing a book and deciding how you want it published. Most writing guides will tell writers not to have their book published through writing companies because these writing companies charge the author thousands of dollars for editing, marketing, and printing services that may or may not be worth the cost.

Depending on your writing knowledge, experience, and skill level, this option may or may not be right for you.

The other main option is to self-publish which means doing everything yourself. Writing, editing, designing the cover art, formatting everything properly… The list can go on depending on what you want in your book.

Many people who choose this path to write a book eventually regret what they did as they pile up debt trying to recover their losses.

If writing a book is to be used for personal reasons, the writing style needs to reflect that. If writing a book is for-profit or business, writing it in a way that can be easily understood by your target audience will make writing more effective and beneficial.

Alas, this is another common writing mistake to look out for indeed. To recap, there are two ways anybody can publish a book. It can be done traditionally or you can opt to do self-publishing. In traditional publishing, the publishing company owns the rights and royalties of your book.

But in the latter, the author is the owner of all the rights and royalties plus you have total creative control over how your book is made.

A lot of entrepreneurs, coaches, consultants, and thought leaders have turned their ideas into best-selling books through the help of

Basically, all I’m saying is, you need to figure out what works best for you in this area. It’ll make a huge difference.

Do you think it's over? Not quite. There is one other question you need to ask yourself before you begin your writing journey.

Why are you publishing?

This isn't about writing a good story or entertaining your readers, it's about going above and beyond this simple goal.

After years of observation, it can be said that the starting point is where authors make the most of their mistakes.

See, it is imperative to research something you want to do, a passion project you want to start. You want to make sure that you are doing it the right way and above all else, profitable.

While this may seem like common sense, it's something that isn't seen enough often. These authors focus on molding their audience instead of making connections with them and giving the people what they want.

They do everything to make sure that what they are selling is done right. That it's polished and perfected like a work of art in an art gallery for people to marvel at. They want the book to be absolutely perfect before they even start talking about it.

Of course, this is a mistake.

It doesn't matter how good your book looks on the outside if it's not what people want to read. The only thing that matters is the actual product, not what you think of it.

The process of writing a book can be an exciting and fulfilling one. But often the author don't consider if there are any markets for these ideas. It's important not to lose sight of how people will react when reading it!

You can't create something before knowing whether or not people will be interested in giving you their money for it. It's the equivalent of writing out a check to complete strangers that may or may not cash it.

For most authors, the goal is to make something that people want and need. They do this by spending time into creating a product before even realizing they're selling what everyone else wants or needs!

It's a mistake that comes from the top down, as they have been taught to think about how great their book is before their audience even has a chance to see it.

See, most authors aren't authors because they want to write books and make a living off of them. They are authors because they have a story or idea that they want to get out there. The kind of person who settles for less so they can have something more meaningful in life.
It's inspiring when we find out someone is willing to give up everything just for their passions.

Publishing a book is a way of gaining authority. It is an open door to change, and a chance to gain exposure. It is a chance to start a business, to make your passion your job. 

Don’t put it on hold and more importantly, don’t make these common writing mistakes.

It’s time to act on your ambition, start writing smart and reap the rewards.

For more helpful content in becoming a better author, check out my article on How to Start Writing a Book , Copyediting vs. Proofreading or visit our website today