Self Learning ;Mistakes made

So, this post is for authors like me, who are still in the process of avoiding mistakes. Maybe this could be a cheatsheet for new authors, to help them learn faster. The point is, if you have figured out some trick to write more quality work, maybe you could share it.

This is not something I have implemented yet, but I remembered reading something like, Do not tell me the moon is shining, show me the glint of the broken glass. It makes a lot of sense, really.

Sorry, but there is no trick to quickly becoming a better writer. Read a lot of good, edited works, write a lot, and reflect honestly on your particular strengths and weaknesses. I find that all the "tricks" and "rules" about writing are generally oversimplifications, and while they may initially produce a noticeable jump in quality, following them too closely ends up limiting you.

The only rule I subscribe to is 'the first draft always sucks'. That being said, I still sometimes publish them online when I've stayed up all night writing and need to have a new chapter out.

Here's some advice, don't be afraid of making mistakes. You're going to make them anyway. Avoiding them is futile.

You can read all the general advice you want telling what not to do and what you should do. However, writing is a hands on learning experience. Books, advice forums, podcasts, and writing advice blogs can't teach you everything. You learn the most about writing by writing. Advice is often vague, poorly explained, and some of it, doesn't work for all situations. It's much better to make the mistake and learn from it so you have a better idea how to not repeat it in the future and if you do, you know how to handle it.

And there is no trick to writing more quality work to be honest. There is only practice and reading. You have to work at it. There are things that can help you out, such as either reading your work aloud or have program read back to you so you catch awkward sounding things. However, if you don't know how to identify why it sounds awkward, fixing it will be an issue.

Making mistakes is a part of the learning process, not a byproduct. It is not something you can avoid because it is an integral part of learning. You cannot learn what you need to do without knowing hands on what not to do. With that said, if you want to grow as writer you need to be writing and reading as often as you can. With enough hard work you can reach a level of "mastery" but keep in mind that even the most successful writers or artist can look back at a work that they just finished and learn how to grow from it.

Haha, I look back at work I did and cringe.

Your first mistake is trying to be a writer.

If you can't fix that, then you have to accept that you're in a whole new set of upcoming mistakes. What you gotta do is not only learn from them, but not be discouraged. Sometimes, you have to just power through a particularly difficult segment. Sometimes, you have to rewrite something five times before you get it right. Also, be sure to read a lot, to get yourself into the zone of the written word. If you want to be a writer, but all you do is play video games, that won't help you learn the medium. Like the people who write Light Novels from just copying what they see in anime, instead of learning the craft from actual books.

But the biggest mistake after you've decided to accept the mistake of being a writer? Not writing. Produce produce produce! Even if it's all dog shit, you can pick out the corn later and hot glue it into something useful or germinate them for something better later.

Wait, do dogs even eat corn? Can they digest corn better than humans?

Wait, are corn kernels the actual seeds of corn? That's a whole lot of seeds. Seeds are like nuts, right? Nuts are good for you. Why does corn make you fat? AAAAAAHHH!!! @[email protected]

Don't avoid mistakes. Make them. Lean into them. If you realize you are making a mistake, push that thing as far as it can go, or you have the energy to care. Why? To really realize why what you are attempting is a problem. I wrote a short story where I turned the trope of a central, competent, fated protagonist in the center of the team that has developed around him said "screw it" and left. It was a bitter thing that turfed hard into world building and was exactly zero fun. Now I know why you don't do that or if you do, what kind of piece that is.

Even if every writer told you what to avoid, you wouldn't. And you would step into some mistakes no one told you about or find new ones that are as yet explored.

I think this thread is adding up to the simple fact that there are no shortcuts. Read, write, observe. The good news is that the path is yours, the bad news is that the path is yours alone.

Wait, are corn kernels the actual seeds of corn? That's a whole lot of seeds. Seeds are like nuts, right? Nuts are good for you. Why does corn make you fat? AAAAAAHHH!!! @[email protected]

they aren't nuts, different kind of seeds. lots of starch. which is why they make you grain weight.

Read a lot, write a lot, get critiques from people who's writing you respect. Give critiques to people who respect your writing. and you will quickly find that second group of people growing!

I got curious about the whole corn thing, and my mind was blown to see that it's technically a fruit, and each kernel is a whole fruit fused to the seed coat of a single seed.

@unice Trippy.

Best advice I can offer: choose what you write carefully. I've always said know why you write, to motivate. But you also have to know what to write. Because some ideas are just plain bad. Writers don't tend to discourage each other's ideas... but I'll tell you, give it some extra thought in reference to the Kind of thing you want to produce and for the kind of people you want to producd for.

I'm in the middle of one of those lessons. Write ahead. I had life come and screw me up huge and because I wasn't sufficiently ahead, the feed has stopped (momentarily. getting through it). Since I think I have exactly one reader, I think he or she will be understanding at this point, but still - mistake. That's one you can probably plan around.


I got married. She tells me what to fix. It's much better than second guessing myself.

In all seriousness, the best tip I've learned is to keep writing and never stop. People get stuck in self edit Hades and flail until they drown. Keep writing.

A better serial writer...

First, commit to a posting schedule. Any schedule, so long as you keep to it.

Next, don't beat yourself up too much when life craps all over you and you can't keep doing the first step.

I recently learned that the hard way.


I hear you. My laptop basically decided to give up on me which has slowed the process considerably. Still I'm making the best with what I have, so you can't let stuff like that keep you down