Let’s face it, writing is simply a craft. All of us can improve this craft by developing successful writing habits. Regardless of what skill level our writing is at today, the fact is that our skills can dramatically over the upcoming months and years. I personally don’t believe there are natual born writers per se, rather I believe some of us simply begin at a higher skill level. We still need to learn the mechanics of constructing a great story. This is where we need solid writing habits to polish and improve our writing skills.
The most effective habits are those that are simple and easy to grasp philosophically. The real value lies in our execution of these habits – a set of exercises and activities that we must grind out on a daily basis. They become a part of our routine. As someone who once managed a large number of people, I always preferred the average person with a strong routine over the disorganized genius. This because I knew the person with a strong healthy routine would give our team consistent results on a daily basis. This is the same approach that those who aspire to become successful writers should take.
Sucessful Writing Habits
Here are 3 writing habits that would serve any writer very well:
Back in September 2011, I quit my consulting day job to become a full-time author-entrepreneur and I’ve never gone back. But I started writing my first non-fiction book in 2006 and my first novel in 2009, so it took me 5 years to transition out of that day job into full-time writing. So I know what it takes to work full-time AND try to build an author career.
There are a lot of challenges and rewards to being an author, and one of the greatest (and sometimes brutal) challenges is getting published. I think we’ve all seen people magically picked up by publishers out of nowhere, but my experience is that they usually know someone in the business. For me, it was a slog that took more than ten years and hundreds of rejections from agents and editors.
FACT: when we sit down to write a novel, most of us already have almost a book’s worth of notes tucked away in computer files, stored in writing apps, scribbled on notepads, or stuffed into the coffee-glazed ridges of our brain.