Writer’s Edge: Costly Mistakes Writers Make

By Steve Kaire

This is a serious error I believe many new screenwriters are making. It’s holding back their success and most of them don’t even realize it.

mistakes writers makeThe advent of the Internet has made research convenient and accessible to the masses. Social media is now a phenomenon that has blossomed because of the web. Websites like Youtube have given ordinary people a platform to showcase their talents.

But there is a downside that is working against the best interests of beginning writers. I’ve spoken to thousands of writers when I give lectures and seminars. I’ve noticed that their mindset were all identical with few exceptions. What was it? They did not want to spend any money to further their writing careers.

Their logic went something like this: If they couldn’t download information from the Internet for free, or they couldn’t access what they wanted at no charge, they did without it. There are products and services out there that are vital to improving your writing skills. Writers are shortchanging themselves by passing on them to save a few bucks.

There are valuable writing seminars and screenwriting classes writers should be enrolling in. There is needed software to be purchased. There are CD’s DVD’s and books on screenwriting that should be part of any serious writer’s library. There are also valuable screenwriting contests to enter and pitch festivals to participate in.

The thinking that if it isn’t free don’t buy it is like saying you’d like to get a college degree without ever attending any classes, taking tests or purchasing any textbooks. Well spent money now could mean the difference between selling and not selling. Isn’t that worth it?

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One thought on “Writer’s Edge: Costly Mistakes Writers Make

  1. donag

    I hate to be a spoil sport with my opinion, but I must agree and disagree with yours. I am a writer and I have the same opinion you denote as the majority of aspiring writers: I am opposed to paying for writing instruction and software that I have discovered, after purchase, to be unproductive for me. Thus, I am suspicious that every offer that promises a grand buffet will deliver peanuts. The books could be much shorter, more definitive and example rich. The software is organized by the developer, promises gold and delivers tin. Long story, short: Most are a loss to my pocketbook and my need. Some of the best stuff for me comes from articles that deliver in a page or two, not chapters and please, please deliver me from “opinion” as opposed to factual encounters as examples.