Top Practices of Successful Writers/ Authors
As a writer, it may take a lifetime to perfect your craft. Before you embark on a career in publishing, know this. Not joyless, but it does need some effort and contemplation. Most of the successful writers/ authors have similar tendencies.
Locating A Peaceful Location
It doesn't need to be totally quiet, but the backdrop should at the very least dissolve into itself. I've always enjoyed the rush of a good coffee shop, but coffee usually turns my stomach before writing does.
Write every day.
The habit of writing is the first step toward becoming a writer. While most professionals believe that it is critical to do it simultaneously each day, this will not work for everyone. Ensure that you have words on the page before the lights are turned out for the night.
Define your "why."
Why are you writing? Your speech communicates your meaning to the rest of the world. Consider what you want it to accomplish. Are your tales intended to be uplifting? Then you must define the form and tone of that pleasure. You'll attract readers who share your values - be sure you understand them before you begin sharing.
Ignore your inner critic.
There is an infinite number of reasons not to write. Your inner critic may assist you in retaining employment and mending fences with colleagues and family members — self-doubt is the most effective jail warden I am aware of. However, authors are incapable of listening to such s@&%. Additionally, you may always correct errors while editing.
Ensure that your computer is operational.
The computer serves as more than a tool; it serves as a workplace. It holds your work, and you'll spend hours staring into it. It deserves respect. Maintain current information. De-clutter your desktop. After all, this is a digital shrine.
Be inquisitive about your subject.
This should go without saying, but the most distinguished authors you're going to encounter are incredibly inquisitive individuals. They speculate incessantly, often aloud (see number one). Curiosity generates research, and research produces good writing. And visiting the library is a pleasant way to spend a workday!
Write every day.
This is a point worth emphasizing. Additionally, keep in mind that not everything must be published or printed. After all, writers write.
Keep a journal.
About everything: You are not required to maintain a diary, but you should. You should jot down quotes, observations, and unexpected bursts of creativity. And make it the old-fashioned paper type — computers and mobile devices are terrible for taking notes; boot time and menu navigation are a black hole into which your most exemplary ideas go.
Be exact with your words.
Know what you mean precisely when you say anything. It is okay to coin new terminology and employ old ones in novel ways, but you must explain your decision. A good editor will listen, and a good reader will appreciate this.
The worst authors have no regard for the art. They are illiterate. The greatest authors will steal books if necessary to keep the narrative moving. Apart from that, reading is the most effective treatment I'm aware of for writer's block - don't be afraid, be inspired.
Whether intentionally or unintentionally, writers manipulate perceptions and provide new ways of experiencing the world to their readers. Deep listening and regular writing will take care of the rest, either on the page or in editing.