If you poke around the back alleys of publishing these days, you're going to find a discussion about marketing, about selling, about how to move more books, baby. But I, along with many other writers, worry that we are not paying enough attention to the craft of writing, to improving our writing, to making it the best it can be.
That being said, my pals at Grammarly ran a very cool experiment for National Novel Writing Month 2014- they crowdsourced a novel using nearly 500 writers from 54 countries. Grammarly analyzed the 40,000 words that were submitted and uncovered a series of writing mistakes that happen again and again.
Take a look at the attached infographic and see if any of these mistakes creep into your own writing - I know I'm guilty of some if not all of these. Pay attention to these and your writing will improve dramatically.
And check out Grammarly's cool website if you're interested in learning more about what they do.