10 Writing Career Mistakes I Made So You Don’t Have To…

by Anne R. Allen

Ruth and I like to say we made all the writing career mistakes so you don’t have to. I figure that I’ve collected nearly the full set of authorial faux pas since I embarked on a writing career.

So today I’m offering a list of some of the things I wish I hadn’t done when I was starting out.

I’m not saying these are always “mistakes” or that they will inevitably lead to disaster, but they did slow me down on my path to a career as an author.

1) Believing an Avid Reader is Automatically Going to be a Good Writer

When I started out I was sure I didn’t need no stinking critique groups. I was a voracious reader! I read tons of literary fiction and classics. Plus I got a perfect score on my English SAT. I’d even taken a class in playwriting at my prestigious Ivy League college.

Of course I knew how to write a novel!

Oh, the wasted hours…

Don’t do this.

Thinking you can write novels because you read a lot of them is like thinking you can play for the NFL because you’re a big fan of Monday Night Football.

Take classes, read books on craft, read writing blogs, go to writers’ conferences or join a critique group. Or all of the above. Writing in a vacuum is going to waste a lot of time.

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10 Writing Career Mistakes I Made

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