10 Habits Of Highly Effective Writers

By on June 12, 2019
10 Habits Of Highly Effective Writers - Writer's Life.org

Being a competent writer takes time. You have to be willing to put the effort in to give yourself the very best chance of success. However, if you are eager to do so, the rewards can be significant. Here are ten habits that highly effective writers always put into practice.

1. They Practice

Writers who want to get better at writing make sure they practice. They take their writing practice seriously and actually stick to a challenging writing schedule that helps them to progress at a steady rate.

2. They Research

Taking the time to research your writing can make such an important difference, regardless of whether you are writing fact or fiction. So make sure you understand how to study effectively and what kinds of things you should research to make your novel more believable or your article have more depth.

3. They Read

Effective writers also read. They read in the genre, they read outside of it. They read anything they can get their hands on and use this to inspire their own work.

4. They Learn

Being open to learning is an essential part of writing. Writing is a craft, and there are thousands of books on the subject, and pieces of advice to read and take on board. Those who want to get better at writing set time aside to learn more about the craft, and then put these new skills into practice.

5. They Edit

Good writers know that the editing process is as important as the writing process, and that good editing takes a massive effort and learning how to edit effectively can help make your writing the very best it can be.

6. They Listen

It is also essential to understand how to open your ears, to the world around you, and to conversations, but also to what feedback you are given about your writing. Receiving constructive criticism can be taken on board without upset or offense, and rejection isn’t the end of the journey!

7. They Take The Plunge

Writers who want to see their work in print dare to send their work off to publishers, to magazines, to enter competitions, to pitch. Doing so takes them one step closer to their goals; however scary it may be to do so.

8. They Have Confidence

Productive writers believe in themselves and don’t let that inner critic take over and stop them from doing what they love.

9. They Experiment

Effective writers also understand that writing outside of their comfort zone can be a helpful way of finding their writing voice and of broadening their reach, so they are willing and curious to experiment.

10. They Continue

Perhaps the most important habit of all is that successful writers never give up. So no matter the setbacks and no matter the obstacle, they continue to write and always strive to reach their goals.

So there you have it, if you want to become a highly effective writer, make the above the habits ones that you take on board, and you’ll see your writing improve and the chances of reaching all your writing dreams and goals much more likely to come to fruition.

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