What common mistakes do people make when writing their first poem or novel?

The mistake that comes to mind is that they use too many words.

Most first novels and poems would benefit by taking a big red pen and crossing out a lot of unnecessary words.

Because readers want to read a story or poem without the distraction of the extra words that people normally use when speaking.

In other words, writing is different from speaking, and that’s a lesson good writers eventually learn.

One thought on “What common mistakes do people make when writing their first poem or novel?

  1. Alicia Haney

    Hi Florence, I always enjoy reading your blog, you always have Great advice and it is greatly appreciated! I Love poems and i have written a few of my own from lots and lots of years gone by. God Bless you . Thank you so much and you have a Great weekend.

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