Ten common mistakes to avoid when writing a fiction novel


Writing a novel is a challenging task. You need to rack your brains, churn out unique ideas, put them into words, use impressive writing skills, and take care of many other aspects to develop an impressive piece of work that readers will likely enjoy. However, there are certain common mistakes that authors usually make, due to which their novel fails to gain good recognition among the readers. It is better to be aware of these errors and avoid them in order to develop an outstanding novel. Watch out for these common mistakes which should be taken care of when writing a novel.

  1. Absence of an impressive start: The first paragraph and first page of your novel makes an impact on the reader. An impressive beginning encourages the reader to turn to the next page and keep reading. So avoid putting unnecessary information at the beginning and making the reader wait for the real story to begin, as it makes the reader lose interest in reading the book further and give up on the novel.
  2. Absence of simple yet engaging narration: Ensure that your narration is simple to understand yet interesting so that the reader keeps reading to learn the story further. Narrate the point of view of all the characters in the story. Decide whether you wish to narrate the story in the first, second, or third person, before you begin to write it. Also, finalize who would be the voice of the novel since the reader will be grasping that voice the most when reading the volume. Do not confuse the reader with many voices, head hopping, and point of views, as this kind of confusion may turn them off from reading further.
  3. Not deciding on a target audience: Finalize what kind of audience your new volume will cater to. Once you know who will be reading it, you will know the writing style to adopt, the kind of language, the level of complexity you need to use when developing your novel, and the right techniques for marketing your book in the upcoming book fairs effectively. For instance, if you are writing a children’s book, you need to use simple language, animated dialogues, and an engaging writing style. The usage of complex words when writing children’s books won’t be appropriate. Deciding your target audience can give you a specific direction and helps you to write proficiently.
  4. Avoid writing everything you wish to narrate: Never limit your views due to fear of being judged. You are bound to be judged by the readers, no matter how well you write. But, limiting your views just because you will be judged may spoil your narration. So write everything you want to and review it later. Allow your thoughts to flow in words on the paper, as this will help you give your best.
  5. Overlooking the technicalities: Lots of grammar mistakes, bad sentence construction, and spelling mistakes are certain turn offs of readers. These are little things that you need to take care of when writing the novel. After completing your work, always review it or get it proofread from a professional proofreader. This will ensure that your novel is void of errors and features quality writing.
  6. Using limited vocabulary: Don’t simply write; express feelings and situations. Vocabulary plays a vital role in keeping up the reader’s interest in reading the book further. It makes the reader understand what the character in the story is feeling, visualize the occurrence of the story, imagine the cruel intentions of the criminal, and experience the happiness and success of the protagonist. Confining your vocabulary to a limited set of words limits the visualization and experience of the reader. For instance, “anger” is not the only word to be used to express enraging situations throughout the novel. You can use words such as wrath, frenzy, fury, rage, and other similar words and phrases to emote the feeling of anger. Also, if a scene required a dialogue, don’t describe it as an essay or report instead spice it up with flowery or animated dialogue.
  7. Writing too slowly or too quickly: If you are writing the volume too slowly, it means that you are manipulating your ideas, thoughts, and words or you are too lazy or you are dragging the story unnecessarily. If you are writing too fast, you are rushing with your writing to complete it with haste or you are not giving sufficient time to shape the story impressively. Neither of these two schemes is healthy when developing an engaging novel. Some chapters may need more time than others. Never speed up or dawdle unnecessarily. Maintain the necessary pace when writing. Go with the flow of your thoughts and ideas.
  8. Skip asking for second opinions: Although self-confidence is good, you need to have different perspectives to make your work appear complete. Ask for as many opinions as you can in order to know your readers expectations, views, and ideas. This will help you to promote your book in popular book events, such as Book Expo America 2014, effectively. Getting second opinions may help you have a better perspective and add certain minute details that may enhance your story.
  9. Skipping being your own critic: When it comes to criticizing your own work, be your own critic. Your loved ones will appreciate your work and fear that a bad judgment may discourage you to write more. On the contrary, your critics will not allow you surpass their achievements. Read between the lines. It will help you identify what needs to be written and what needs to be written in place of what is written. Review your own work thoroughly, as if you are judging the work of your arch rival. Compete with your own vocabulary, language, and ideas. This will help you develop a praiseworthy piece of literature to display in popular book shows, such as BEA 2014.
  10. Lack of focus on the cover and title of the novel: Cover and title of your novel is the face of your story. Your work will be chosen by the audience primarily by its cover and title. They form an integral part of your volume. So give a catchy title and appealing cover. Make your work appear captivating to the target readers. This will help you in book promotion in book fairs 2014 substantially.

Always be careful yet optimistic when writing a book and promoting it. If you avoid these ten mistakes when developing a novel, you can create an interesting volume that may gain international recognition and help you sell your work worldwide, increasing your book sales.


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