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Non-fiction: Five mistakes beginner writers make

Starting off in non-fiction writing? Get yourself on the right path by following advice from writing tutor and experienced feature writer Alex Gazzola

Although I’m not normally a fan of so-called motivational or inspirational quotes, that one, from Ralph Marston of the Daily Motivator, strikes a chord. You could argue it is true for almost all aspects of life, but in my view it is certainly true of writing.

Even those of us who have been working with words for years make mistakes, and I expect to be committing howlers and bloopers until I retire. There is no avoiding them. They are a sign you are human, and that what you’re trying to achieve is challenging.

As a writing tutor, I’ve worked with many students nervous of putting a foot wrong when they embark on a writing journey – and hamstrung by the essential constructive criticism which follows when they dare take a step forward.

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