In the past few months, I’ve started working on my first book, along with editing, pitching, and publishing articles for several magazines. Being part of many writing communities, I have learned many things that we, as “writers” should never do. There’s no doubt that sometimes we never notice what we are doing wrong until someone points it out to us. However, that doesn’t change the fact that making mistakes is part of the journey. It teaches us to learn and guide others. In fact, the life-changing American speaker and bestselling author, Steve Maraboli, once said, ”Don’t confuse poor decision-making with destiny. Own your mistakes. It’s ok; we all make them. Learn from them so they can empower you!”
Here are five things that you should never do as a writer:
As an avid Wattpad reader, I’ve come across many books that were based on stereotypical characters. The characters’ personalities were associated with their race, class, and/or religion. This shouldn’t be done since many readers can find it insulting. You want people to read your book to learn and be entertained, not abused by you, the author. For example, rich people are not always arrogant and bossy. By being creative, you can implicitly break stereotypes, and shed light on many issues such as discrimination. Your voice reaches many people, and this is a chance for you to start making changes.
If you ever find a writer that is facing a hard time or can’t write properly, don’t bully them. Always remember that, at one point, you were in their place. We all began somewhere. So instead of bullying this person or bringing them down, help them out. As people of the same community, we should motivate each other to become better writers. The truth is that anyone can be a writer. You can offer to give them feedback or constructive criticism instead. I’m certain that your help would be very appreciated.
Many writers worry about how they “should” write. In most articles and videos, they teach you to outline first before writing anything. However, if you find yourself unable to outline, then you simply shouldn’t. Everyone has their own writing style and process. You are not supposed to write like someone else. I’m aware that you may look up to specific authors that inspire you, but that shouldn’t affect the way you write. For this reason, do what makes you happy. Make sure to enjoy your time while writing.
Writing can be exhausting and stressful. You will always be faced with difficult situations. These are the hurdles that you have to go through to grow as a writer. If you want to keep improving, then you will have to tolerate all these challenges and obstacles. Get ready to work harder and smash them instead of living the same day over and over again. A tip that I would give is don’t look up to successful people on social media. Social media is a place where people only share their success, not their stories. You will rarely get to see any of them facing difficulties while achieving their goals. This misconception might lead you to believe that they have easily reached their goals without working hard, which is completely inaccurate.
I strongly believe that you should give yourself some credit and believe in yourself. It might be nerve-wracking to hit the publish button, and share your work with the world, but this is the moment where you need to have the most faith in yourself. You have to get over the idea of perfection. There’s no such thing as perfect so just go for it. I’m here to assure you that there will be people out there that will relate to every single word you’ve written.