I am looking for a word to reflect what a novice author would use to describe his own writing (somewhat derogatorily). My first thought was drivel.
Perhaps the word you are looking for is scrawl
v.tr. To write hastily or illegibly.
v.intr. To write in a sprawling, irregular manner.
- Irregular, often illegible handwriting.
- Something, such as a note, written hastily or illegibly.
It's called cacography.
bad handwriting; poor penmanship.