As a new writer, are you wondering why your work isn’t getting the reaction you think it deserves? Then you may be making some simple but harmful errors. The new writer often makes many mistakes. Some enable the writer to learn and grow, others get in the way of your success.
Here are some things that you should avoid doing now that you are a writer.
Many new writers think that to come across as professional and knowledgeable, that they need to use fancy, long words when possible but this is far from the truth. In fact, you should use simple language when and where possible. While you should always be aiming to increase your vocabulary, you should keep ‘fancy’ words out of your text, unless they are required.
A general rule is that if a reader with no knowledge of the subject area you are writing about doesn’t understand what you’re saying, then you haven’t explained it clearly. Simple language is one of the best ways for clarity.
If you ever need some help on how to write better, Writer’s Digest will be able to help you with some articles on how to better yourself and your writing style.
Now, when you read the word ‘editing’ you may have misunderstood what that actually means. Editing isn’t the same as proofreading, which is checking for spelling mistakes, it is reading through your work to make sure that you are only saying what needs to be said. Never waffle on about something not relevant to your main point.
If you ever need help when it comes to editing, or writing for that matter, there are writing services such as UK Top Writers who can help you.
Tell a Story
You should realise that all types of writing are storytelling, and you need to choose all of your words and how you say them carefully. Create a ‘feel’ and direction right from the start and execute it effectively.
Many new writers may think that a great writer can create a masterpiece in a day and that is what they should be doing. In actual fact, even simple work can take many weeks to perfect. If you think that your work is error free, sit on it and come back within a day or even a week or two. You will soon be making changes to what you wrote.
Now, how about marketing yourself as a new writer
When it comes to landing yourself writing jobs, you need to get yourself out there and spend time networking with relevant people. You should try to connect with people within the industry – the internet is the perfect place for networking and you can find hundreds of people who can help get your name out there.
Have a Niche
Many people will try to tell you that you need choose just the one area to focus on, but this isn’t a great piece of advice. When you focus on a specific topic you can quickly become an expert in that topic. However, you certainly don’t want to be stuck with 10 years of experience in just the one area because it will affect your ability to attract new jobs if you change your mind. Every area is open to you. Start writing on a range of topics to show that you are adaptable.
You should never wait for the work to come to you. You need to get yourself out there and connect with people. A great way to do this is by emailing relevant people to work with and help out. Never wait for people you know you offer you jobs – go out and grab them or convince people they should create a job for you.
Showcasing Your Work
You should always be showing off your writing talent, a good way to do this is to create a blog or website with your portfolio of writing. Then you can write especially for that platform. This will work perfectly when it comes to landing jobs. You will have a portfolio to send potential clients and you may even start getting clients coming to you.
Speaking of showcasing yourself, a wonderful platform for this is Writing World. Writing World advertises competitions. It also helps by offering information on how to get started as a writer.
Calling Yourself ‘Aspiring’
You should never refer to yourself an ‘aspiring writer’. This is because the journey of expanding your knowledge as a writer never ends. Networking, gaining new contacts and building relationships is a constant journey when you have decided to work as a writer. The good news is that wherever you are in your career as a new writer, and whatever you would like to improve upon, Writers Workshop is able to offer some great advice.
Read Marieke van de Rakt’s great Yoast article on structuring your post
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