Content Writing: 4 Habits Signifying Your Weaknesses As A Writer

What Makes Someone A Bad Writer?

Procrastination or laziness, as most people believe so, is one of the factors behind making someone a bad writer.
Procrastination or laziness, as most people believe so, is one of the factors behind making someone a bad writer. | Source

Prologue

Content writing is a commitment of everyday practice. It’s not something that should be taken as someone’s leisurely pastime activity.

Seeing that people develop many habits (wittingly or unwittingly) throughout their life, content writing, in this aspect, is being produced as a topic of subjective analysis of those habits that a writer develops, and which wane one’s writing productivity in due course of time.

This article talks about 4 habits symbolizing a writer’s characteristic flaws.

However, description of each habit bears my subjective analysis. Therefore, it may or may not accord to discretion of many readers.

To be precise, I've left no stone unturned to make it educative, informative and worth-reading stuff.

THE 4 Habits Signifying Weaknesses of A Writer:

1. Procrastination

To say the least, procrastination is a habit of keeping up with yesterday. People with “I’ll do it later” mindset are the procrastinators (who are) oblivious to the damage being inflicted upon them like a caffeinated coffee that acts like a slow poison to the organic functionaries of a body.

What if We Procrastinate?

As discussed, writing is a commitment of everyday practice. Procrastination simply denotes your unwillingness to continue with the practical approach of writing things every day.

The psychology of procrastination says we are either obsessed with our illusory superiority {something like “Writing? Now? Oh! Common! I can do it anytime, but not now.” If you can guess something otherwise, you are geniusJ}

OR,

WE WRONGLY assume the reluctance of our STATE of mind (something like “I don’t think I can work on this project now. Maybe later”).

Sign of Procrastinators

Procrastinator lacks decision making skills
Procrastinator lacks decision making skills | Source
Procrastinators are pensive and undecided.
Procrastinators are pensive and undecided. | Source

What Happens, then?

A book, “Still Procrastinating: The No Regret Guide to Getting It Done” by Joseph Ferrari, a professor of psychology at DePaul University in Chicago, says procrastinators have strange paranoia about a particular course of action – that, if taken, will negatively affect their future. The book talks about different types of procrastinators.

For example, an indecisive procrastinator keeps delaying a task until he is determined. He may want to dine out at a hotel, but can’t make up their mind about the timing and selection of a good hotel.

They just resign themselves to an endless pensiveness.

Such procrastinators, as it appears, lack good decision-making skills.

Now, procrastination lays the base for stress overload and mental illness aside from jeopardizing sufferer’s social relationship. For instance, such procrastinators don’t turn up in someone’s need or they simply avoid any social contact with outside world.

No improvement in writing manifests in those who annoyingly procrastinate writing. Moreover, the sufferers blow several chances which come under the garb of career-advancing opportunities, just because they didn’t show up when needed.

Procrastinators strongly cling to their comfort zone. They eventually grow up with apathy for writing.

They exude a sign of impassiveness for writing.

2. You Do Not Read A Lot

That’s another “bad habit” that most writers or people have or at least not aware of the impending risk that they invite because of it.

Reading is as much important as writing. To a certain extent, it is more important to read first than start to pen articles. Why, we can’t ignore reading as it is one of the best “thought-developing” ways.

A mind devoid of ample constructive thoughts can’t write contents constructive enough. Reading and writing, as I can understand, are reciprocal.

The Benefits of Reading Books

  • Helps you do mental exercise, thus improving cognitive intelligence in due course of time
  • Great stress buster and helps you disengage from stressful environment
  • Improves your knowledge significantly – the more you read, the more you learn
  • You learn new words every time when you read, thus it paves the path for vocabulary improvement
  • Some things remain foreign to reality until we read about them. Hence, reading brings forth awareness
  • Reading helps you analyze things deeply. It improves the way you see (observe) things

Reading is one of the best remedial solutions to poor writing (you learn different styles of writing gradually)

Benefits of Reading Books

Reading books improves knowledge
Reading books improves knowledge | Source
Reading books helps you get disengaged from stressful environment.
Reading books helps you get disengaged from stressful environment. | Source

How does Superiority Complex Affect Us?

  • It directly strikes hard on your ego, thus turning many of your friends against you
  • It isolates you from the place where respect and sensitive are required
  • Your Freudian slip (usually driven by superiority complex) may hurt your admirers (if you have any)
  • There is no career growth for such people. All they know is how to bully others
  • Superiority complex is actually the root cause of inferiority complex. People have this to shield their inferiority or shortcomings

People grow up with deluded supremacy, paranoia and maniac depression eventually. They harm them later in the form of destructive living style.

Therefore, superiority complex affects us in many ways. Aside from harming you as a writer, it destroys your personal life as well.

The solution is, do not try to judge others with what you have.

Everyone is genius and so are you. Just enjoy writing, and if need be, help others effusively.

3. Self-professed Superiority Complex

There are some people who mistakenly rate their ability much higher than they actually are.

You may have come across many people who are opinionated and who believe that their knowledge, their understanding and their skills are much better than others.

Call it overconfidence or illusory superiority; these people flaunt their self-professed superiority complex (symbolic of characteristic badness). This habit is bad in the sense that people suffering from illusory superiority turn out to be those who are arrogantly opinionated, biased and share their prejudice with haughtiness.

4. Overlooking Proofreading

How would you judge a parcel wrapped up beautifully with colorful ribbons?

You will feel glad to have it, aren’t you?

Well, what if the thing inside the beautiful pack turns out to be a nasty trick-work of someone?

Say for instance, you get yourself hurt on nose by the boxing spring that instantly popped out of the parceled box.

Whatever you feel at that time is the very feeling you have when you see a beautifully titled article with badly proofread contents inside.

You get turned off.

Or possibly, try to be helpful by offering some pieces of advice (which usually fall on deaf ears).

The essence is, those who ignore proofreading are not doing anything helpful to improve their writing skill.

Proofreading and Misconception of Grammar

Everything must be grammatically accurate – Wrong, because grammar changes and so does the syntax.

A grammar rule from an erstwhile era is either obsolete or no longer in sight in books or writing (please, correct me if you think otherwise).

People advise grammatical improvements or anything related to writing according to their own understanding/acquired knowledge and perception. Hence, it may or may not accord to your discretion.

Why?

Because what knowledge or understanding you’ve acquired through your writing experience may conflict with the advice offered by others.

They are mutually discordant.

As said before, grammar evolves through times. A writer must necessarily keep in touch with the changing rules of grammar lest he/she should sound conventional.

Proofreading doesn’t necessarily mean to have your contents 100% grammatically perfect as the demand of such perfection is the very antithesis of advocated credo of learned persons such as the one by Henry Fielding’s

“None are more ignorant than those learned Pedants, whose Lives have been entirely consumed in Colleges, and among Books."

The difference between “To who it may concern” and “To whom it may concern” may frown many grammarians (if the latter is denied), however, the fact is, WHOM is dying out. However, in writing, both are true.

The point is, if the representation of an idea seems vogue just because you have to add certain grammar rules, avoid them.

Only the learned pedantic go for grammar, the information hungry people see the uniqueness of your contents.

So, is Grammar Useless?

No!

NEVER!

Grammatically unimproved contents are annoying. If you want to win the trust of your readers, you have to be perfect at it, but certainly you’re not supposed to be obsessed with it.

Bad Writing Habits

Habits Signifying Your Weakness As A Writer: At a Glance

  • Procrastination: Never delay writing. If you have set a time for it, stick to it anyway.

  • Read a Lot: Never ignore reading books for it helps you have good command on words and writing styles

  • Superiority Complex: Pride always goes before a fall. Do not show off.

  • Overlooking Proofreading: Very essential for every writer, new or experienced.

Poll Questions

What Makes Someone A Bad Writer?

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At Last,

One’s habits determine one’s extent of success. Good habits deliver good results, bad habits don’t.

The catch is, your habits define the gravity of awesomeness or awfulness of your content writing.

Most importantly, they do define you as a good/bad content writer.

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13 comments

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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

I am a content writer and I thank you for this informative hub. I learned long ago that procrastination is my enemy when it comes to meeting deadlines. I will proofread several times rather than risk sending in something grammatically incorrect. I read offline and online and that is very important so thank you for sharing and passing this on.


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jhapawan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thank you very much and I am glad that you found the hub informative.


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sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

very useful jap


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago

Just a few comments from an old editor:

On procrastination: It is hard for me to understand people who do that when they are writing to get paid. I always had to write under strict deadline, and procrastination was not an option. It seems like I always did my best writing when the noose was tightening around my neck, so to speak.

Not reading. Again I don’t understand. If you don’t read, then why would you want to write. Just an old writer’s opinion.

Superiority complex. I see a lot of that on Hub Pages. You’ve hit the nail on the head here.

Overlooking proofreading. Not only should a writer proofread one’s own works, but it helps to have someone else look it over. I went back to one of my hubs today, and an incorrect use of a comma in a double predicate glared at me. Must get that fixed, I thought, but then your rule no. 1 kicked in and I may do that tomorrow. But then again, I'm not on deadline to get paid, sooo.

Hope you don't mind my comments on your very good hub. Voted up ++.


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

jhapawan, you have written a very fine hub about writing. I am fond of writing but engaged in 9 to 5 job. So, whatever little time I get after doing my job, I devote that to reading and writing. I find this hub very useful and informative. Thank you. Voted up.


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jhapawan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Hi Hari,

I am so delighted to be of use, for you and for every hub reader. Thanks for voting up the article, it's very motivational to me.


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jhapawan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thank you very much, Sujaya for your comment.


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jhapawan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Hi Miz,

I appreciate your comment, so valuable to me!

Thank you very much! :)


AJPeters 2 years ago

I struggled to read this article. It is supposed to be about writing but contains incorrect verb/subject agreement, pronoun agreement, clichés, awkward phrasing and unnecessary words. Someone should have proofread this article and not let it go out as is. An article about writing should be better written.


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jhapawan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Hi AJ,

The article was proofread by me and three of my other English friends several times to ensure grammatical and contextual relevancy. This article is not about writing alone, but it specifies FOUR HABITS - that if not avoided. would create problems for anyone who writes. I have been researching some more useful information to lend the credence on the article, especially the part of "overlooking proofreading" and others where addition is required.

FYI - Grammar is socially divisive subject which is often unpinned by arguments and futile contradictions, that which creates an inconclusive ending. Frankly, I am one of the writers who emphasize on quality of information and I prefer grammar only to an extent where it doesn't slaughter the rhythm of presentation.

By the way, thanks you've struggled to finish the article.


Carrie 2 years ago

I realize I come a little late to the table here; my apologies, but it was not procrastination! (I just joined the group this week.) I relish learning different perspectives on persistent, habitual issues not only of writers but of humans in general. Full disclosure: I am nonetheless one of those who does find herself procrastinating in various ways at times.

However, I find the tone of this article's section on procrastination to be overly harsh and one sided. In fact, I detect a note of contempt for procrastinators. While I agree this is a bad habit, I do not agree that it always yields bad results or renders one generally ineffective. Above all, a source with the purpose of supporting writers should sound more supportive and less condemning. Many factors combine to create effective or ineffective outcomes. There is hope!

For an alternative perspective on procrastination, see Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way. She basically chalks procrastination up to fear, plain and simple, and her whole philosophy is geared toward the recovering artist who has lacked sufficient social support in the past. Fear is not the same thing as paranoia, which to my mind has a much more negative connotation, implying a higher level of mental disturbance than the range of types of procrastination merits.

To be sure to help rather than further thwart those already suffering from a barrier of their own making, it is important to understand and fairly represent the psychology behind procrastination, which I'm glad to see you have attempted to do. However, another aspect, for instance, perhaps not fully considered here is that some procrastinators can tend to be perfectionists, which is also a counterproductive mode but helps to explain the cause and effect.

Perfectionists have an extremist viewpoint founded in negative past experiences, reduced self-esteem, the need for recognition/external validation to repair our self-worth, and/or fear of failure: my best or nothing. Too often, we thwart ourselves by choosing the latter. I, for one, am a recovering perfectionist who is learning to embrace her humanity, which includes occasional procrastination, low energy days, life interruptions, and other seemingly unhelpful adversity, which may, au contraire, actually end up being more insightful than inhibiting to overall writer development.

I hope this helps to balance out the picture of who procrastinators are and why they procrastinate. It's not all about being bad decision makers; caution and "pensiveness" in decision making are not absolutely bad things. They can in fact be quite useful. Never deciding is the problem, which leads to lack of follow-through. Furthermore, opportunities abound. Losing or by-passing some does not mean one's writing life is over.

Incidentally, I do agree with most of the rest of your article. Thank you!


Carrie 2 years ago

One more, very crucial point: Procrastination is most definitely not synonymous with laziness (see the polar bear caption). Procrastinators are actually quite skilled, active, and wily avoiders of a certain task, often replacing the pressing activity with one that tricks them into believing they are being productive. Therefore, procrastination may well be foolish and neurotic, but it is not the mark of a slothful, oafish, or in any way bad personality.


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jhapawan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

@ Carrie - Since procrastination does reveal a procrastinator’s reluctance to act, so does laziness or slothfulness.

From the impression of what you analysed the whole point; I just conclude that I’d generalized the term, procrastination (which is emphatic, NO, as I did do my own research). Bear is just a funny allusion to procrastinator. And, I dont see procrastination giving any quality value to the procrastinator (though I respect your viewpoint).

Tonality? Well, I never meant sound pessimist, for there's always silver lining in every cloud, but if you're hell-bent on it, then it's problem.

Thanks for suggesting, The Artist's Way...will certainly read it.

Thanks for the comment! :)

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