Novel Writing Tips I Discovered Through Mistakes | Collab with Brooke Passmore

Novel Writing Tips I Discovered Through Mistakes | Collab with Brooke Passmore


– Hey YouTube, it’s me, Bri. Today I’m thrilled to be collaborating with
the phenomenal Brooke Passmore to share some mistakes we made as young writers as well
as the lessons we learned from them. In this video I’m sharing three of my biggest
mistakes. When you’re done watching, make sure you click
over and check out Brooke’s video as well. Number one, sharing my first draft. Way back in high school when I finished my
first book, it was really just a first draft, I gave it to my English teacher and ask her
if she could read it and provide some feedback. This was a huge mistake. I hadn’t taken the time to read through the
draft or even correct little things like typos or misspellings before I gave it to her. When she finished it, she handed it back to
me with some pretty weak encouragement and enough red pen to make it look like it was
bleeding. Naturally I was devastated. I thought I would never be able to publish
a book if I was such a terrible writer. I didn’t realize then that almost everyone
has shitty first drafts. It’s just that most people don’t share them
with anyone. Now I highly recommend you keep your first
draft to yourself. Even if you have beta readers or an editor,
you should finish your first draft and polish it up a bit before sending it off to anyone
else. You’ll not only save yourself some mental
anguish, you’ll also make it easier on anyone else who has to read it. Plus if you’re only showing your first draft
to yourself, it takes some of the pressure off and makes it easier to finish. Number two, not finding a writing community
sooner. Writing is largely a solitary activity. As writers most of our work is done alone
with no one to help us or distract us. However, this doesn’t mean you have to go
through your whole writing career alone. You should find some kind of writing community
whether online through platforms like YouTube, Instagram or Twitter or offline through writer’s
groups and meet ups. Finding a writing community has made my journey
so much easier. It’s nice to know I’m not alone, especially
when I’m dealing with a plot hole or another problem in my work in progress. Don’t make the same mistake I did. Find your tribe and let them help you along
your writing journey. Number three, letting other people tell me
what to write. Once upon a time I wrote fanfiction. I loved writing fanfiction. The only reason I stopped was that I had several
people make fun of me for doing it or ask me why I wasn’t spending my time on something
more productive like writing an original piece. They made me feel ashamed about writing fanfiction
and even though it was something that I enjoyed, that shame led me to stop writing fanfiction
altogether. A few years later in college I majored in
English, concentrated in creative writing. This meant I had to take a lot of workshop
classes. If you’ve never taken a workshop class, it
looks a little something like this. You’re required to write a short piece or
two a week, share it with your classmates and listen to their feedback. I wrote what I thought were some pretty solid
short stories in these workshop classes, but a lot of them were genre fiction. My classmates didn’t mind reading genre fiction. After all that is what sells and what most
people enjoy reading, but my professors didn’t like it. They wanted everyone in the program to only
write literary fiction. Now this video isn’t going to be just me shitting
on literary fiction because it does work for a lot of people and there have been authors
who’ve made entire careers writing literary fiction. However, literary fiction tends to sell less
than other genres of books. What’s more, it’s not even something I personally
enjoy writing. Rather than standing up for myself or making
waves in the program, I put my head down and set to work writing literary short fiction
the way my professors wanted me to. And for the rest of my time in the writing
program, all the short stories I wrote were literary fiction. Once I graduated and learned more about what
it takes to publish a book as well as what books tend to sell better, I realized that
I wanted to go back to writing genre fiction. Armed with this knowledge and none of the
training, I basically had to start over when it came to learning about writing. Along the way I discovered which categories
and genres I actually liked writing. Those were young adult horror and contemporary
fantasy and I kicked myself for not starting sooner. Don’t let anybody tell you what to write. You don’t need to listen to anyone but yourself
when it comes to picking what genre or category you’re going to stick with. If you like writing a certain genre, go wild. Write that genre. You’ll be so much happier doing that than
you would be if you catered to someone else’s whims. That’s all the time I have for today. If you like this video, don’t forget to give
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what mistakes you made as a young writer. Once again I wanna give a huge shout out to
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my writing and receive some cool rewards in the process. I wanna give another big thank you to Brooke
Passmore for collaborating with me on this video. I’ll leave a link to hers in the down bar. Make sure you go and watch it after you’re
finished with this one. As always, thank you guys for watching and
I’ll see you next week, bye.

13 thoughts on “Novel Writing Tips I Discovered Through Mistakes | Collab with Brooke Passmore

  1. Loved this video 😊
    I guess one of the mistakes I made as a young writer was to avoid editing. It led me to having many first drafts completed but no finalized novel. Thank goodness I’ve learned to enjoy editing (at least a little lol) 😉

  2. I definitely shared my first drafts with other people…whoops! I also took it a step further and shared first drafts of random chapters from "books" that weren't even fully plotted out. I would share chapter 7 from a book that didn't have chapters 1-6 written or even planned out. WTF YOUNG EMMA

  3. Yay! So happy you write horror, something you actually LIKE to write compared to literary fiction haha. I used to write Dramione fanfiction when I was in eighth grade but it was disastrous lol. I still find it too funny that we both wore pigtails for our videos XD

  4. Amen! I listened to what other people told be to write too. I had a lot of pressure to write Christian fiction. It's just not for me

  5. I think one of the biggest mistakes I made as a young writer was to get offended by my creative writing teacher’s feedback and write it off because “she didn’t get my style”. *Heavy eye roll*. I’m not a big fan of literary fiction myself, and I knew that’s what she wanted from me, but I wish I would have stuck to my writing classes anyway and learned from them what I could.

  6. Hey ! I love your video <3 I like to write too , I think the most mistake I maKe is that I don't finish my novels :/ well , I'm trying to progress on writing ! Kisses from Morocco. Niss

  7. I remember thinking my first drafts was da bomb and no editing was required. “…Editing? What’s that?”

  8. My mistakes were things like not finding a writing community sooner. I held off for so long and I keep kicking myself for it!

  9. When I was a kid, I would: write the first draft of a book in a month, share it immediately with family members, and self-publish it. My family members are not writers, so they didn't know how it works. Piles of first draft books…UGH! When I was 18 I made a writer friend and I learned the word "editing."

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