Four Things Successful Writers Don’t Do

Ayodeji Awosika
6 min readDec 24, 2021


People have had that debate for, well, forever. And it’s not a debate I’m interested in having myself because there are too many different definitions of success.

Often, instead of trying to figure out what will make you successful, it’s better to avoid the things that will definitely cause you to come up short.

You can write stuff people want to read in many different ways, but if you try to do it in the ways I’m about to share with you, you’ll either end up frustrated because no one reads your work. Or, even if you do manage to get people to read your work, you won’t feel good about your results because of the way you went about your work.

I see writers, especially aspiring writers, make the same simple and easy to fix mistakes over and over again. So, the solution is simple. Don’t make these mistakes.

If you avoid these pitfalls and focus on your craft, you’ll do just fine.

This Mistake is Huge, and Almost Every New Writer Makes It

I add this point to damn near every single one of my posts about writing. And it seems to bear repeating because new writers make this classic mistake constantly. Worse, they don’t seem to want to budge and change their strategy, even though their strategy isn’t working.

Successful writers don’t make their work entirely about them.

Does this mean you have to use the word ‘you’ in every other sentence like I do? No. Does it mean you have to write advice articles instead of personal essays to get ahead? Nope.

You don’t have to write the way I do or even the way other ‘traditional bloggers’ do. But you do have to keep your audience in mind when you’re writing. And far too many newbies have a huge blind spot that causes them to focus only on themselves.

Ok. You want to share your story. But, what’s interesting about your story to other people? Do you have truly unique life experiences? Are you sharing aspects of your life other people can relate to? Would you be interested in reading your work if you weren’t you?

You have to be able to answer yes to all of those questions. And, honestly, you just have to avoid the critical mistake of…



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