Top Ten Mistakes Teen Writers Make: A Free E-book
My wife proudly proclaimed on her Facebook page the other day, “My husband is an author!”
It sounds nice, but it’s a bit of a stretch. At least it’s not exactly what most people think when they think author. I wrote an e-book. And I formatted it nicely and created a jazzy-looking image that looks like a real book. But it’s not a real book. For now, it’s only a digital book. There’s no solid, material, nice-smelling edition that you can thumb through at a bookstore, curl up with on a summer evening, or spill your coffee on. Maybe one day.
Not that I’m disparaging the content of the book. The ideas in it come from many years of teaching teenage writers of all ability levels. Young writers make more than just ten mistakes, mind you. In the e-book I only address my current “top ten,” which include:
- Preferring the Abstract to the Concrete
- Being Wishy-Washy
- Lacking Structure
- Overdependence on Modifiers
- Wordiness and Redundancy
- Trying Too Hard
- Relying on Clichés
- Lacking Parallelism
- Failing to Proofread
I give you fair warning: I’m using the e-book as a marketing strategy. It’s free, but you need to enter your email address in order to download it. I will send periodic emails to those who have subscribed that way touting the glories of the WriteAtHome program. But don’t worry. It won’t be more than one email a week for a limited time, and you can easily unsubscribe from the list with the click of a link.
Then again, maybe I’ll persuade you to join in the awesomenesss that is WriteAtHome. Mwa-ha-ha!
Even if you have no interest in the WriteAtHome program or our marketing efforts, I sure would appreciate folks reading the book and giving me their honest assessment. I think it’s pretty good. At least it’s a useful tool for learning about and teaching writing. It’s also only about 30 pages long. You can easily read it on one sitting.
Thanks in advance to those who take the time to read it and respond!
Honest comments about my e-book are welcome in the Reply space below.