Pitfalls To Avoid! by J. Spence



The one reason for a writer failing that I’ve heard over and over again, is a know-it-all behavior. They believe nothing anyone can teach them about writing or improving their skills. They will not study the process of writing, take English classes or other beneficial online courses. They will not go to workshops or conferences. Listening to critique is never happening… the results–they never get published.

Low self-confidence and esteem issues also get in the way, and are triggered when the first rejection letter comes in. They throw in the towel and give up. Writers need to toughen up and have a thick skin in order to survive critiquing and rejections. It happens; it’s inevitable. Toughen up and keep writing. It will happen, in its given time. Supportive online groups for writers will help, find one and join it.

I’ve already touched a bit on this next one. Many writers out there have the drive and desire to succeed with their writing, but unfortunately, lack the ability to write good, strong and grammatically correct English sentences. Often, incorrect words are substituted muddying the meaning of their writing. Then you have words in the English dictionary that sound the same, yet mean something different, such as: They’re, their, and there; or, too, two and to. Without the taking of English language classes, the true skill of these writers is never truly realized. As I have repeated this issue again in my blogs, I can only hope that the seriousness and the absolute necessity of knowing completely, the language you are writing in is stressed to writers. A firm command of the English grammar and spelling, grammatically correct sentence structures, is an absolute must, because when editors see mistakes as listed above, your manuscript will be dead in the water, regardless of how great a story you’ve written.

Finally, another pitfall writers suffer is in the presentation of their manuscript. Manuscripts are required to be double-spaced on clean white paper, typed neatly in a legible font, such as Times Roman. Use a laser printer. Above all else, spell the editor’s name correctly on your cover letter and carefully proofread your cover letter. If your manuscript is edited and proofread as much as possible, you’re on the right track. Do not settle for sloppiness.

There are other pitfalls that writers stumble over. They can sink any hopes of a beginning children’s writer if the writer is not dedicated to his or her craft and maintains their focus. Remember, to work hard and hard work will pay off.






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