If you are an aspiring author, you look for guidance from best-selling authors who have already accomplished what you want to do. I’ve done the research, and these are 6 habits of best-selling authors that we should put into place now in order to reach our goals.
Do what you say you’re going to do, when you’re going to do it. When you’re making your deadlines, don’t over-promise yourself. Make sure you can easily make your deadlines by assessing your skills to know what you can do and what you can’t yet. If you make deadlines for yourself that you know you can’t meet, you are setting yourself up for for failure because you will under-deliver.
Look at your schedule and assess your current writing skills. Then, compare that information to the steps of your writing process that you have to do. Use all of this to make deadlines that you know you can meet.
Procrastination is a major enemy for writers. First step to fighting back is to find out what you procrastinate on most and why. Think of everything you did yesterday and how your thought process contributed to the time you did each task. Did you push it off? If so, why? What distracted you?
Every writer knows to have a quiet environment and to avoid our smartphones, but how many of us actually do it? How often do you actually sit in a quiet room, alone, with your phone on airplane mode? If the experts do it, we should too.
Experts never consider themselves finished with learning.
They continue to practice their writing skills. They stay curious.
Start by reading the classics, then assessing your writing and seeing how it measures up. Practice the writing skills that you struggle with so you can constantly become a better author.
Inspiration will only get you so far. If you only write on days you feel like it, you’ll never finish your book. When you make a habit of writing everyday, you will create your masterpiece much sooner. Use outlines, edit and rewrite as much as possible. Don’t wait to create, work on writing now.
Eliminate Plan B
Having a backup plan automatically gives you an excuse to fail at the first option. If you eliminate your “Plan B” then your only option is to master “Plan A”. Make sure you have a solid savings account and a step-by-step plan on how to reach your goal of writing a book. If you do that, you won’t need a “Plan B”.
When it comes to finally getting published, the best-selling authors all agree on the five following things:
- Use short titles and attractive covers
- Make sure your main characters mirror the readers
- Have several books in the pipeline to be published
- Learn a lot about marketing
- Respect other authors
Put these 6 best-practices into place and watch your writing go from a hobby to a career.