Whether you write professionally or simply for fun, you probably want to be as efficient and productive as possible. Of course, there is also the question of quality: quantity may be the sole goal in some pursuits, but writers hope to deliver on both the quality and quantity fronts. Here are some qualities of highly successful writers.
You can have the greatest idea in the world and all of the inspiration you need to turn it into magnificent content…but you just can’t concentrate because of all the people making noise. And you can’t think because of that other deadline that is coming up. And now you have to rush because you have a doctor’s appointment at 3:30…
Just as with any pursuit, writers need to plan their day in order to make sure their work time is as free from distractions as possible. That also includes setting boundaries with family and friends. That may sound cruel, but it is a necessary evil.
Some writers intentionally mimic other scribes’ styles. That is not especially admirable, but acceptable as long as you are also not copying their work. By read regularly, we mean reading to keep you informed. Know what is being talked about, know the key facts, know what people are interested in reading about. Reading will also teach you new words and new contexts for ones you already use.
This can be a great motivator if used properly. Make sure your initial goals are easily attainable as they will provide you with the confidence to tackle new and more difficult ones.
Choose the Write, er, Right Workspace
Where you work can make a huge difference. Are you the type of person who needs absolute quiet or do you do well in bustling environments, like coffee shops? Find the spot that works best for you and work there as often as possible.
Here are some more tips to keep in mind: