10 Mistakes Beginner Writers Make

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Writing is something that takes a lot of practice and not everyone has what it takes to be able to sit down and write words, sentences and paragraphs in a cohesive manner. Still, that fact doesn’t stop a lot of people from trying to become a writer. If you’re determined to write, we have ten mistakes that most beginner writers make below. By avoiding them, you’ll be able to jump ahead of the pack and start to get your work recognized.

Ten Mistakes of Beginner Writers

Here’s a look at ten specific mistakes that most beginner writers make at one point or another in their writing career.

  1. Telling not Showing – This is a core rule for writers. It’s much better to show action rather than talk about action. For example, instead of simply saying two people are arguing, show their dialogue and describe their body language.

  2. Switching Points of View – The POV of a story – or even an article – is important in that you want to pick one and stick with it. Nothing is worse than a writer who tumbles from one to another.

  3. Too Many Adjectives (and Adverbs) – While a choice adjective here and there can add to your writing, it’s really easy to go overboard and include too many. Only practice will tell you where the line is for your particular writing style.

  4. Too Vague – It’s important to remember that readers can’t get in your brain. If you’re too vague, they’re not going to automatically know what you mean. Being too vague is a problem many beginner writers face.

  5. Fragments – Sentence fragments are another. Get it? Sentence fragments are another what? Be sure that each sentence you write has everything it needs to be grammatically correct.

  6. Run-ons – Just as bad as a sentence fragment is a sentence that goes on and on. Split it up to make it easier on your readers.

  7. Easily Confused Words – Using your instead of you’re is a mistake that a lot of writers make – not to mention words like bear and bare and so on.

  8. Commas – Most beginner writers usually use too many commas.

  9. No Organization – Stringing words and sentences together is easy, but making sense out of the whole is something only the very best writers can do. The masters can do it in very few words.

  10. Apostrophes – Knowing where this punctuation mark goes is easy, but it’s a mistake many writers make when they’re first starting out.

If you can manage to avoid most or even all of the mistakes outlined above, you’re going to be in a very good position as a writer. The three main things you need to succeed in writing – or in life in general – are talent, persistence and a little bit of luck. If you know of other mistakes writers should avoid, leave a comment below and let us know what’s on your mind.

Social Media Marketing Strategies for Business

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Social media is a great platform that allows people to socially interact with one another online. It has changed the way companies communicate with customers and market their products and services.

Small businesses that find it difficult to launch private online communities use social media to interact with customers in a more personal way to build better customer relationships.

Although social media is an effective marketing strategy, it won’t bring you immediate results. Your efforts should be more on building relationships than irritating customers with marketing messages and sales pitches.

The following social media marketing strategies will help you understand how to interact with your customers on social media and also assist  in establishing better and smarter relationships with your customers.

1.  Determine your goals and objectives

As with any business marketing campaign or business strategy, you need to prepare a plan and act accordingly in order to be successful. Make a list of the goals and steps you take- in addition to the tools you use to fulfill your marketing objectives. It’s also important to understand how you’re going to integrate all these into your overall company goals.

2.  Research Social Media

With the sudden growth and popularity of social networking platforms, it can be difficult to identify a social network that is ideal for your business. Rather than blindly choosing Twitter and Facebook to start your marketing campaign, research to identify social media sites where you can potentially engage with customers.

Your target audience will have formed the basics of the social glue that brings online relationships together. It is easy for you to connect with your customers where they are, rather than creating multiple profiles and accounts with the idea that customers will find you.

3.  Learn to listen

It’s easy to spend too much time on advertising your product or how fantastic this week’s sale is. In a social network you should allow your customers to speak so that they could voice their opinions.

4.  Respond

According to Kerpen, chairman of Likeable Media, the majority of brands do not respond to customers on social media. As a result you will great benefit if you respond to your customers.

If a customer posts negative comments about your product or service, don’t delete. Instead, you can use this opportunity to tell them publicly that you’re making efforts to solve the issue. If you ignore a complaint, you’re sending a message that the customer who posted the comment is not important to you.

Also when you answer, do it in your brand voice. By doing this, your customers start accepting you as their reliable friend. So stay active and join all conversations related to your industry.

5.  Be an Expert

One of the smart ways for a brand to interact with customers is to be an expert in social networks. By participating in communities where your customers are, you can easily log on into the community being a voice of expert advice.

For example, if you’ve a plumbing hardware business, check out for those online social communities on Facebook, Twitter, discussion forums and blogs and start giving users, plumbing tips to fix their problem. When you participate in social discussions, make sure that people recognize you as a business owner.