10 Habits

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

Habit is a powerful tool in our writing arsenal: The more we cultivate fruitful ones, the greater our chances of accomplishing our goals. I recently came across a valuable Writer’s Digest article called “10 Habits of Highly Effective Writers” by novelist and screenwriter Robert Blake Whitehill. Here’s an overview:

1. Read widely: It will freshen your style, invigorate you, and give you a “deeper reservoir of tropes and details in which to dip your quill.”

2. Take your writing seriously: Track your hours and output if you have to until you gain a sense of what works for you. “One thing effective, productive writers do not do is wait for inspiration. They go looking for it on a schedule,” notes Whitehill.

3. Set and meet goals: Start by setting the bar low, so you feel a sense of completion, then come up with a weekly goal. Commit to a certain number of pages or hours and then honor your quota, no matter what.

4. Find the right space: Whether it’s a busy café, a rented space or a home office, create an environment that’s most conducive to your own personal productivity.

5. Set boundaries: Writing requires time and attention. Honor your commitment to your writing goals by asking loved ones to do the same.

6. Finish: There’s no value in half-finished work. Push through to completion on a draft. Once you have a full story in hand, you can revise and polish it.

7. Keep your story under wraps: Don’t squander valuable creative energy and newborn ideas by broadcasting your work-in-progress. Wait until you have solid first draft.

8. Build a team: Surround yourself with pros who believe in your work and will support it with their own creativity as agents, publishers, and marketers.

9. Respect your readers: Honor the time and mental energy your readers invest by giving them your absolute best. As Robert says so well, “Be sure that your readers’ time feels well-spent, and not a pointless sacrifice.”

10. Connect with readers and other writers: Share your passion and enthusiasm. “Be the author you wished to talk to when you were starting out.”

For the full story, visit: http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/10-habits-of-highly-effective-writers?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=wds-bak

Great advice for building a successful career. Bravo, Robert — write on!

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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2 Responses to 10 Habits

  1. Jacque Stearns says:

    Karin, what do you think about writers staying true to how they want to write despite the comments of a professional to change everything? Jacque Stearns

  2. Hi Jacque,

    I would say go with your heart and intuition. You have everything you
    need and only you can write what you are meant to write.

    Write on,

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