It wasn’t hard for me to collect the Top 10 Most Common Writing Mistakes. Why? Because they’re common, and a lot of writers make these mistakes.
1. I may have emphasized the meaning to using ‘spicy’ words that give the tone a better view, but too much fancy dialogue is looked down upon by readers or critics, the word ‘said ‘is a perfectly good word and should be used more commonly then ‘exclaimed or ‘announced’. Don’t over do it, though the fancy dialogue can be useful at times.
2. Leaving off important information about the plot and story. Not a good idea. Type in everything you know about the plot in the story, don’t leave anything out that you know is in the story. Example, you know Bob is actually a spy, but you leave it out for the whole story. Of course that’s a very obvious example, but things like that can create a confusion in the readers mind, and that makes the reader want to stop reading the book.
3. Word Clutter. Don’t try to sound smarter then you are when trying to explain some complicated stack point in the story. Keep it simple and to the point.
4. Details that can be left out. Plenty of useless details can be noticed in almost all stories. Example, “Bob was walking down the street, he heard a cricket chirp, and he kept walking.” Not a good idea, don’t add extra details just for the word count.
5. Finally, the worst error of them all. The worst thing to do is to switch back and forth between 1st person and 3rd person, even 2nd person. Start the story with gear, and keep it that way. It can be whatever you want (If you have a prologue), but always use one gear for the whole story.
Writing a good book isn’t easy, staying focused and watching out for critical writing errors requires attentiveness.