So I ask this question because I fail to see the novice in my own true and focused writing ability and as I practice and research in an effort to rid myself of any of these qualities I can never seem to find the faults other than simple mistakes due to quickly jotting something down, posting, or writing an idea quickly to get to the next just have it written and make progress. I’ve watched videos and taken tons of classes (high school/vocational, college, & online courses but this isn’t me boasting) and the qualities/characteristics most of these educators tell you about seem like common sense to me. So below are the parts of my research that are qualities of or things a novice writer fails to do with my idea of why it’s common sense to me. 1. Elaborate details but don’t do it excessively. (Duh, the things you want to stand out or the way you set an atmosphere visually upon a character or location/setting you should elaborate on the details and what you would consider excessive as the writer or critic depends on the writers skill of cohesively connecting ideas without losing the trail for the reader to follow) 2. Forgetting the basics in syntax and usage of literary tools. (This is something you’re taught basically K-12 at different levels and I understand some people have a hard time learning so no knock on them, just keep practicing till it’s second nature and even then you will still need an editor to double check your work.) 3. Organization of Ideas (I may be coming off harsh with this but, if you don’t have an idea of what you want to write about, do research. if you do have an idea but don’t know where to start, do research and find a blueprint or a foundation of rules to follow or better yet a template and fill in the blanks. If you have an idea and know where to start do research, find a template, fill in the blanks and plug & play ideas as necessary you don’t necessarily have to use a template to the T! It’s nice to have a guideline but mold it to your story not vice versa if you can manage. Otherwise that template will lead you to writing exactly the same thing as someone else who followed/used it. I could keep going but you catch my drift like that plastic bag that happen to miss the 7/11 garbage can outside during a rainstorm in the midst of a hectic rush back to the safety of a nearby vehicle to avoid as much rain as possible.) 4. Poor plot points and character development. (This may seem hard to do for most but that’s because in my opinion it’s very subjective. A Dr. Seuss book is a simple read with shallow premise that is taken at face value by a regular reader and to a theorist it’s a well of hidden logic and ideologies. I feel like this is easy to solve by just deciding your demographic, the where and who will be reading this tale of yours for the plot portion. In other words how simple or complex will your plot be and how will you back it up. Can a simple plot be poorly written? Yes but I feel it’s hard to mess up a simple plot. I could elaborate more here but I don’t feel like it. As for character development obviously don’t thrust it all onto your reader unless you have proper pacing that enables you to do so. trust me it’s possible to thrust all of the MCs primary persona in one go there have been many cheap ways to do it that we are familiar with. Don’t stress back story it will rear it’s ugly head almost instinctively as your telling your story especially if there is time for reflection for any of your characters. 5. Understanding POVs/Multiple Perspectives. (this is sort of like #1 I mentioned formerly with elaborating but more along the lines of cohesiveness of the ideas. So this in my eyes requires skill to properly weave perspectives to interact or not touch at all to either express individuality or similarities. The more POVs, the harder it is to accomplish a understandable plot or trail for the reader to follow.) 6. Introduction/First impressions (Some think this is sort of like coming up with the name of created character in Skyrim that you plan on role playing with in your free time but in truth it’s much more simpler. Dive into your story either set the stage for the actor play or set the mood of actors and how it effects their environment. No need for flashy words or a deep quote that you feel encompasses the focus of your plot, unless you can obviously, but don’t forget to elaborate but not excessively.) So once again I ask the question in the thread subject line to seek the following from others: 1. If there are faults in the things I’ve said then correct them 2. If there is additional info that helps push a point I made, add it. 3. What other characteristics or qualities are there that I may have missed so I can take those and screen them towards my own abilities and research and practice to improve. All of this allows me to grow and hopefully others if they can understand my viewpoints. Personally I plan on writing a light novel with a precise business plan nothing unique as far as the plan just something that suits me. I’ve written plenty of short stories and wrote plenty songs but I believe I have the aptitude to at least write a good light novel for others to enjoy I will not be paying for an editor as of the early chapters but I have faith if people can still read a series with horrible translations I’m sure they can still read my series with some of the grammar errors I may have.