Yesterday, as I was watching the Oscars I was thinking to myself: “This is an amazing event indeed. Not only are they doing it live, they are doing it without a single stutter in the entire show.”
This was around the time when Emma Stone got the Oscar for the best actress. I stopped watching after that as there was something else that demanded my immediate attention. A few minutes later, I logged on to Twitter and was surprised to see my Timeline flooded with tweets about the goof up at the Oscars.
As I turned on the car’s ignition, nothing happened.
The car should have started, and we should have been on our way home, but nothing happened. It was a few minutes before I realised that I had left the lights of the car on and the battery had run out of juice.
Not one to be easily fazed by problems, I set out to find a battery and a couple of wires to jumpstart my car. Without boring you with details, let me tell you that I arranged both the things within a few minutes.
“All men make mistakes, but only fools repeat them.”
If this statement is true, then most of us are fools, because I am yet to come across anyone who, at some point of time or another, has not made the same mistake twice.
In an ideal world, it would be possible to learn from every mistake that we make, and never repeat them. In fact, in a perfect world it would be possible to learn from the mistakes that others make. But, unfortunately, the world we live in is hardly perfect.
For a variety of reasons, we are not even able to learn from our own mistakes every time. But, if we make a conscious effort, it is possible to reduce the occurrence of repeated mistakes.
As a new writer, it is often easy to get caught up in the excitement of the business. You hold up that shiny new piece of writing and can’t wait to share it with the world. You research everything you can about writing and plan the most effective way to get your work into the hands of the public.
This is great, and writers should get excited about what they are doing. The problem comes when the writer gets so excited that they forget to become their own critic.
Here are five mistakes that new writers often make.