Sometimes you just need to begin living the life of a successful writer to become a successful writer. Here are some of the most common traits of authors who’ve made it.
Successful writers learn early on that putting themselves down is counterproductive. They learn how to speak to their inner self in a helpful and respectful way. They also avoid others that put them down and people who exert a negative influence on their lives.
Have a Plan
Have goals and have a daily plan to work on your writing. Successful writers work on their writing pretty much every day. They have long-term book writing goals and they have a set amount of work that they do each and every day.
Don’t Dwell on Obstacles
Don’t waste time dwelling on the obstacles you face. Instead, face each obstacle head on and eliminate them or work around them. Many of the obstacles we face are put there by ourselves. We create our own excuses for failure. Focus on your goals and create the roadwork to success.
Move Past Failures
Every person makes mistakes. The difference between an unsuccessful writer and a successful writer is that successful writers learn from their mistakes. If a book flops, they uncover the reasons why and aim to never repeat those mistakes again. Successful writers also don’t let failures get in the way of their larger goals. They keep getting back up, they keep on writing, and they eventually work themselves into success.
No Such Thing as Perfection
There is no such thing as perfection. Successful writers work to write at their best, but they understand that aiming for absolute perfection is impossible. Do your best and continue to make improvements to your writing.
Ignore the Haters
People are going to hate, no matter what. There are people who hate Shakespeare, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Stephen King. Do you think Stephen King cares how the haters feel towards his work? Absolutely not, and neither should you.
Celebrate Others Success
Don’t be a stingy, jealous writer. Celebrate on the success of other writers. Learn to be gracious and giving. People will love you for it.
Take Care of Yourself
Your health is paramount. Take care of yourself by eating healthy and getting exercise. Spend time with the people you love and have fun nights or fun days. Experience the healing power of laughter.
The publishing world has experienced a great deal of change since the birth of the internet. Writers are now maintaining websites, blogging, and self-publishing their own books. The old methods for getting a book on the market are dying and writers are learning to embrace new technologies and new mediums. Keep up with the growing changes and experiment with different book mediums.