5 Mistakes Writers Tend to Make

Life would be so much easier if we had a rule book to follow. In life, however, in many cases, we do know what must or must not be done to avoid a particular outcome. Sadly, one can’t say the same for writing. One must learn from experience and guard those gems well that make you shine out in the process.

Then I ask, what are these things that one must avoid? In these 7 years of blogging, I have taken chances with a lot of things – some worked, some didn’t. So let’s look at a few good-to-follow things for all those writers who ask themselves  – Is this right?


1. Stop imitating

The first thing that writing teaches you is to be you. And every writer must respect that. Trying to be someone else is being unfair to your talent, your voice. Find your own style and hang in there, because it may take a while to work but it’s worth it. Your readers will love you more for being who you are than a pseudo Poe or Dickens!

Be original. Be you.

2. Stop trying too hard 

Readers will find you and continue to come back, if you’ve won their trust. But trying too hard to please them is like the extra icing on the cake – it does nothing. Speak truly and totally, quantifiably, from your heart. Write only what makes you happy. Sooner than later, readers will find it boring, even see through the cracks that you’re just another writer seeking attention.

Write to please yourself; rest of the world will follow.

3. Stop writing what everyone else is writing

How many times do we cringe upon coming across articles replicated word to word? Why would you want that? Your hard work deserves the appreciation. But that cannot come at the cost of someone else’s bread. Be original, and write what you are good at, in your best style. Let your words bring them to your page. Be distinct, let readers fall in love with you, naturally.

Give your own talent a face and voice. Don’t be someone else’s.

4. Stop being too harsh

Writers tend to push themselves down the branch even before sprouting the wings to fly. Now just how bad is that! We are such harsh critics of our work that we forget, we are yet only learning. Result: We lose all hope, grow desolate, and drag ourselves into believing that we are no good. If you do not give yourself time, if you do not be patient, how will you learn, how will you grow. Remember, my dear friend, Rome was not built in a day.

Don’t kill the writer in you.

5. Stop judging

Judging a writer over their talent is no writer’s job. All you can do is judge yourself. Being dramatic over someone’s achievement will never serve as a launchpad for your own craft. Enjoy, encourage, empower other writers, but never belittle or humiliate someone just because you didn’t like their work. Assess, but remember to be polite.

Be a critic from a human lens.

What do you think? These make sense? Also, I would love to know from you tips that have worked for you. Let’s talk of all those things that we as writers need to learn and remember. Do share your thoughts. Let’s help the community.

Go ahead, tell me what you liked and what you didn’t. Let’s discuss. 🙂


Asha Seth

34 Replies to “5 Mistakes Writers Tend to Make”

  1. For what I am really sicking from 1 month I got it by your post. My writings are just different from others I write what appears in my mind but I always get so much confusion about my writing and now by your post I am clear. So I would like to say thank you 😊


    1. I’m glad I could help, Mohit. We all are different in the craft and trying to get better. That’s what I aim this post to do – show you direction. Good luck. 🙂


  2. Number three! I hate seeing all the cheap imitations of books that do well, I’m all for people being inspired but following the same formula is a big no no, and I find it the same for all the publishers who do similar book covers to a popular book to cash in. I can’t even bring myself to look at such works these days. Originality breeds excitement, inspiration and a broadening of horizons.


  3. Very nicely articulated. A person should write what naturally comes to them. Of course, its important we learn new methods and try new genres but if they fail to work for us, we should not fret over it. Don’t be too harsh with other people’s writing skills. You may not like someone’s work which is ok, you can avoid reading them. And save yourself all the harm you do on hating someone else’s achievement. There will always be someone who is better than you, so no point of being too critical. Everyone has their own journey, I used to fret alot when I used to see my fellow bloggers getting published each day but then I realized doing things my way is much more important to me rather than doing them at a certain time.


  4. That’s some great advice. Those are mistakes that many of us would inadvertently end up making. Going after stats and likes is not going to do anybody any good. Thanks for sharing your valuable wisdom with us. ❤️😄

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“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.” ― James A. Michener

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