Alright, I am going to try something new come Monday. Up until now, my writing schedule has been pretty much that I write when I feel like it, and I don’t when I don’t. This has been fine seeing that I have all the time in the world and have no commitments to interrupt me when I do want to write. But, after reading a few articles on how the ‘real’ writers out there do their writing schedule I have decided to take up a dedicated time every day to write and nothing else. I am going to follow this routine for one month and see if I can develop more successful writing habits.
E.B. White: “A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.”
From this quote and many other quotes from successful writers, I’ve learned that you can not wait for the perfect idea to come to you. You have to stay diligent in learning new techniques and refining those you have already learned. Too many people these days spend all of their time being anxious and worried about coming up with the right idea. Another author who believed this was Jodi Picoult who was quoted saying ” You can’t edit a blank page”
Haruki Murakami: “The repetition itself becomes the important thing.”
The old saying, practice makes perfect applies to successful writers as well. Knowing how to format a book, write a dialogue, move a scene along are all things that get easier with practice. Many writers will tell you that you should write every day in some capacity. I too think that it is important to write regularly and always try new prompts to keep your mind sharp. Ernest Hemingway was a firm believer in his idea too, saying that he makes sure to write every morning.
Maya Angelou: “Easy reading is damn hard writing.”
If you have ever tried to write anything you understand what Maya Angelou was trying to say. The same can be said of being successful in anything, in order to make something look effortless takes a ton of trial and error. Author Barbara Kingsolver was quoted saying ” I have to write hundreds of pages before I get to page one.
Nathan Englander: “Turn off your cell phone.”
It might be hard to disconnect in today’s world. It seems like there is always a message or notification coming to our phones or computers. It is important to disconnect from the world and focus on your tasks. Block off times of day where you have no distractions, you just write.
As you have now heard from some of the greatest, I hope you take some time to adopt some of the successful writing habits of these great authors. I find a lot of similarities in the qualities of the successful authors as successful people in any sector. The biggest thing in developing the successful writing habits you want and need is consistency. Always work, day in and day out on getting better and trying new things.
Quotes in this article were found on JamesClear.com