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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 …

My oat milk wants me to write

Of all the places you may see some good writing advice, the side of a carton of dairy free milk may not be the most obvious one. Good work, Oatly! You talk some sense …

 

 

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) …

 

 

The Single-Sitting Read (Mistake #114)

Reading an unputdownable book in a single sitting can be rewarding – for a number of reasons. If the book’s good enough – it may well inspire you to write, for years to come …

 

 

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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