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Mistakes Writers Make is aimed at aspiring, new and more experienced writers of articles, features, essays and other forms of non-fiction – offering advice and information on writing, marketing, opportunities in publishing, and much more.

The blog focuses mainly on writing mistakes commonly made by new writers – and gives key advice on how to put them right.

Elsewhere you’ll find news of magazine launches, lists of non-fiction writing competitions, writing blogs, writers’ associations and other useful links.

The site is edited by me, Alex Gazzola – a writer with twenty years’ experience in the business, and over ten as a writing tutor.

 

Latest Articles and Posts …

 

Stop telling writers they should be writing!

Why do so many figures and bodies in the writing world see fit to tell writers they should always be writing? Enough! Writers are not wholly defined and confined by their job title.

 

 

From the Heart of a Copy Editor

An affordable new book on copy editing and proofreading your own work has been released by Sheila Glasbey. Here is my short review of it.

 

 

Are W and Y Vowels?

Of course they are. But what’s a boy to do when nobody really agrees with him? Run a poll and have a moan when it goes wrong, apparently …

 

 

Unwritten Letters (Mistake #121)

Do you write letters to editors’ letters pages? If not — you should. Not only might there a prize — perhaps a cash one — but it’s an accessible route to publication, and always satisfying to see your name in print.

 

 

Em dash, en dash, hyphen — which to use?

Most writers instinctively know when to use a hyphen correctly, but what about the longer en dash or the even longer em dash? Are you using them when needed? Here’s a quick guide.

 

 

Worrying about the expert (Mistake #120)

For every subject you write about, there’s an expert out there potentially tut-tutting and shaking their head at your treatment of their subject. Here’s why you shouldn’t care less …

 

 

Stopping when stuck (Mistake #119)

Summoning up the help of Fleetwood Mac and Jeanette Winterson, here’s some advice on what to do if you find yourself stuck while working on any writing project – be it small or larger.

 

 

Writing Your Non-Fiction Book

A new ebook, just shy of 8,000 words, on how to conceive, pitch, sell, write and market your non-fiction book. Wish I could offer it for free but Amazon are insisting I charge just under a quid or just over a buck! 🙂

 

 

Brexit Part II (Mistake #118)

Another look at writing about Brexit – for the next two years, and quite possibly well beyond, there’ll be a lot to write about, from all sorts of angles, for all sorts of markets. Can you get a piece of the Union-exiting pie?

 

You have one job (Mistake #117)

Is it time you got yourself another job – besides ‘writer’? Having a subsidiary income can ease some of the pressure on your writing – and may even open up new opportunities you didn’t know existed.

 

 

Sat and sitting; stood and standing (Mistakes #115 / #116)

For anyone who can’t bear to read (or hear) of people stood at a bus stop or sat on a chair … then this one’s for you (and so’s the other one) …

 

 

Not making the most of ideas and material, by Patsy Collins (Guest Mistake #3)

Given up on a rejected pitch? Spent the payment for a published piece – and then forgotten all about it? In this guest post, novelist Patsy Collins says we shouldn’t be making these mistakes.

 

 

New ebook: 50 More Mistakes Beginner Writers Make

A shameless self-publicising post: book II in our Mistakes Writers Make series of ebooks, the follow up to 50 Mistakes Beginner Writers Make, is now out, priced at only £1.99.

 

 

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