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Mistakes Writers Make is a website and blog aimed at aspiring 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 …

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! 🙂

 

 

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 …

 

 

Can Cook, Won’t Cook (Mistake #113)

Getting away from the Mac or PC, and rustling up yourself something good to eat, will nourish both writing body and writing soul. Here’s why you need to ditch the microwave meals.

 

 

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.

 

 

The Business of Writing (Volume 1), by Simon Whaley

One of the best writing advisors in the business has collected his excellent ‘The Business of Writing’ articles, published monthly in Writing Magazine, into a book. And it’s great.

 

 

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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