The Top 5 MISTAKES Writers Make (…and the Solutions to Avoid Them!)


– Hey everybody, this is Jesse Krieger, Founder and Publisher for
Lifestyle Entrepreneurs Press. We are the publisher for the passionate. In this video I want to talk about the top five mistakes that writers
make and how to avoid them. Over the last five years it’s been my pleasure to work with dozens of authors, we’ve published well over 50 books, built a six figure company
in the publishing space, and throughout all of that,
as well as running live events and building an audience
into the tens of thousands, have interacted with a lot of authors. I’ve interacted with a lot
of writers and I’ve learned an insight from the
publisher’s view from the sort of the inside looking out of a book. What I’ve noticed as these top five mistakes that writers make. So I want to go through
these and share them with you in hopes that it helps you write better, write more, write more clearly, and remove the stress and
anxiety that can come along that is almost part and parcel
of the writing process. Number one is the first
mistake that a lot of writers make is trying to write it
all right the first time. W r i t e. Trying to write it all correctly the first time is a big mistake. And what I mean by that is, sitting down and writing as if what you’re writing right then is
going to be the final prose that’s included in the book. Obviously, that’s not the case. Or if it’s not obvious,
please understand that it’s not the case and there’s
gonna be, ideally, multiple rounds of editing and time for you to revise and improve. So thinking that you’re gonna sit down and write something brilliant, it’s embarking on a fool’s errand. And I advise you to avoid it. I think the solution to
get out of a perfectionist mindset in the writing process is to take Hemingway’s advice,
which was, effectively, write drunk, edit sober. Now, don’t actually
drink unless you really gotta do it to get the
creative juices flowing, but then even then, don’t say I told you. But write drunk, edit
sober basically amounts to write first, edit later. So you need to open up
that creative channel and just the let the writing come out. From there, you’ve got
somethin’ to actually work with, and then editing it
separately at a different time and going through just making changes on the fly instead of writing something new, that’s the best way to avoid one of the top five mistakes that writers make, which is trying to write it
all right the first time. What’s number two? The second mistake that I see a lot of writers make is writing inauthentically and trying to sound a certain way in your writing for any reason
other than dramatic effect. Writing authentically, that can mean different
things to different people, but what it should mean for
this conversation is writing what you actually wanna
say and doing that in a way where you feel like you’ve
gotten the idea out. Or gotten the story out,
if you’re writing fiction. So one of the ways to avoid this, or to get into a authentic writing state before you start working
on whatever project it is that you’re writing or your book, is to do a free write where you’re just writing stream of
conscious, whatever comes out, until you get to the point where you feel like you said something good. Maybe that happens in
the first few sentences. Maybe you literally gotta
process through whatever is going on and just
write, write, write, write, write, and then at some point you say, ah, there’s a good sentence, or there’s something worth writing. At that point you can
shift and start working on your actual project, your book, whatever it is you’re working on. So writing authentically isn’t so much a function of being an authentic person as much as it is writing
yourself into the flow state where you’re accurately
conveying your best thoughts. So that’s number two,
writing inauthentically. The solution is to free
write until you get to something good and then
start the actual writing. Number three, third mistake
that a lot of authors make is starting from page one. As in, you sit down, you
say I’m gonna write my book, and you open up a document, you say, I was born in San
Francisco on December 19th, and I have a sister and
a mother and a father. No. You don’t want to start from
the beginning of the story. And it’s not even good
storytelling in many cases unless it’s like an autobiography. Instead, what you wanna
do is write based on whichever topic feels most pertinent, which one’s like really
hot for you right then. And really to work yourself from the middle of the book out to either end. What I mean by that is actually
writing the introduction as one of the last things
that you write in your book since at that point you’re really just describing everything else that’s in it. And writing from the beginning out allows you to really focus on the core content, really the reason you probably decided to write a book in the first place. Forget all the window dressing, forget all the introductory stuff, just jump right into
writing the most important thing that feels up for you write then, and then, ultimately, you
can piece together the entire book or the project
that you’re working on. So writing the introduction
last is the cure to the mistake of starting from page one. The next, number four,
the next mistake that authors make is an important one. And it’s holding back anything that feels important for a future
book, future article, for sometime in the undefined future. And what I mean by this
is I’ll talk to a lot of potential authors sometimes who say, I’ve got this idea and it’s
definitely gonna be a trilogy. And it might be, maybe
there’s even four books. And when we really get down to it, then maybe it could be four books. It could. But getting all of the
key ideas and all of the plot twists that would extend
over three or four books into the first one is important. Because you’re already
asking a lot of people to buy a book and spend
the hours to read it or listen to it and consume it. You don’t wanna have them go
through that whole exercise just to not get the full picture
of what you want to share. So while it’s admirable to
have a longer term vision, multi-book vision, what have you, it’s preferable to condense
as much of the interesting stuff as possible into one
book and trust that if you do that there will still be
interesting things to write about. And indeed, putting
everything into one document, one book, one article, what have you, is really the way to get
significant amounts of interest in your writing
such that you have the opportunity to do future books. That is the number four mistake
that I see authors make, which again, is leaving
something for the future when it could very well
fit into the current book, the current writing project
that you’re engaged in. So the last one, the number five mistake, and it’s good to end with this one, too, ’cause it speaks to the mistake
I see a lot of writers make, which is leading a reader into a dead end, meaning the finish the book, the end, close the book, that’s it, it was great, put it on a shelf, never touch it again. That’s not what we want,
especially if somebody’s read your entire book or read the entire thing that you’re working on writing. So what you wanna do is always have a next step for your reader. Preferably at least one, but up to three, different ways that
your reader can continue learning from you,
potentially working with you, and or joining your audience
and getting communication from you in a different form than a book or whatever it is that
they discovered you. So if you don’t give a next step, then you’re leading
readers into a dead end, and if they hit a dead end with you, they’re gonna go somewhere
else and continue learning, continue reading, enjoy different stories, learn from different coaches. So ultimately, you wanna give a pathway to the next important
steps that you want your readers to take once
they’ve completed the act of reading what you’ve
spent so much time writing. So this is the top five mistakes. I hope these are helpful, and I hope the solutions I
presented help avoid them. And if you’re interested in learning more, please follow our channel or
like and share this, as well. If you’re interested in publishing, you can get in touch below here to schedule a publishing consultation, and you can also find a
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bestselling authors and six, seven, and eight
figure entrepreneurs from links that should be below this video. Thanks again, hope this was helpful. Talk to you soon.

4 thoughts on “The Top 5 MISTAKES Writers Make (…and the Solutions to Avoid Them!)

  1. Epic video. Great insight on NOT writing a story from the start but rather starting from the most burning & passionate point. Then working my way forwards and backwards from there. Looking forward to more awesomeness from this channel.

  2. Good advice: dare to express yourself as you write but don't get attached to your first draft. Like it! Jesse rocks.

  3. Hi Jessie, I love listening to your videos, no pushing, informative and with a kindness that you can't help pouring out of you. Love you. 🙂 <3 🙂 A.

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