The 10 Common Mistakes of Amateur Writers

“Ten Mistakes Writers Don’t See (But Can Easily Fix When They Do)”

A good article discussing the common problems amateur writers face that cause literary agents, publishers, and editors to immediately dismiss submissions. The list includes:

  1. Repeats
  2. Flat Writing
  3. Empty Adverbs
  4. Phony Dialogue
  5. No-Good Suffixes
  6. The “To Be” Words
  7. Lists
  8. Show, Don’t Tell
  9. Awkward Phrasing
  10. Commas

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