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Positive habits of famous writers you have to know

Positive habits of famous writers you have to know
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Why should you learn about the positive habits of famous writers? Why should it matter to you? You probably already know the answer.

You came to this article because you understand that to write your first book successfully, you need to follow the steps of the great writers who came before you. You need to understand what they did right, and you need to copy their daily writing routines.

The word “copy” has a really bad reputation.

It’s not always a bad thing, to copy is to learn.

And it’s really the only way. To learn anything, you need to copy the experts in the field.

So today you’re going to learn what famous writers do and what you need to start doing right away. Yes, starting today.

They work out

It’s a strange thing to say in a “Get the writing tips” post, but it’s true. I’ve analysed many, many daily routines of successful writers, and this is the thing they emphasise the most.

Why is that?
Well, writers spend many, many hours, most of their lives, at home. In their room or in their office.
It’s the only way. To write, both on paper and on a computer, you have to sit most of the time.

It’s not a very extroverted hobby, let’s face it.

So working out, doing some exercise every day or having a sport you can do twice a week can save your life. Literally.

Many writers say that their exercise sessions are the main thing that keeps them healthy and able to do super hard writing sessions. Moving your body is absolutely necessary, and it doesn’t have to be a tool in your life.

For example, I am the most procrastinating AND lazy person you will ever meet. But even I loved my workout session.

How? Why?

Because I chose MY way of working out. I chose something I liked and that made me feel good. And that is what most writers do.

They find an exercise or sport they like and they do it on a regular basis. Want an example? Many writers swim, others run, others lift weights.

Personally, I like to do Pilates and yoga with Adriene.

They are easy to do at home, you just need a mat and it makes your body feel SO good. I can’t even describe the sigh of relief my body gave when I did Pilates.

Anyway, let’s move on to the positive habit.

They write every single day

Yes, seeing that phrase hurts my eyes too. But it’s the truth. The only way to write a book is to write a book. I know, I know

Hard to hear.

But why should you write every day and not every other day, or twice a month? Easy, the more time you leave between your writing sessions the more it’ll be difficult to write your book. You know when you start your writing for the day, you watch the black page and it watches you back.

You think and think, but nothing comes to mind and you just don’t feel the inspiration? That, not-amazing feeling is there because you’re rusty. Yes, you are rusty, your hands are rusty and your rusty writing will be slow and weak for the first 700 words.

After that, the magic happens. Words begin to flow easily and your hands feel ecstatic to write them. Your mind is now clear and full of ideas and you are so impatient to write them that you keep forgetting the letter “a”. Too personal?

This happens because your writing is like a river (I like metaphors okay?) and to let him flow at his full potential it has to be free from every obstacle. And time is an obstacle for your writing.

Every day that you don’t write is a day that will make writing your book harder. When you write everyday instead you become a master author. You become an expert. It becomes a routine and you mind will help you (without hindering you) to write your stories. 

That’s what differs a writing hobby from a writing career. You have to do it, for you, for your future readers and for something else that I don’t remember right now.

They have a full writing routine

What is a writing routine? It’s a sequence of acts that you do every single time you write. ALL famous writers have a writing routine, it’s a requirement if you want to write more than one book in your life. Without one you risk taking ten years to write a book. Or more.

In short, you need it.

How can you create a good writing routine for yourself?

A writing routine is composed of:

  • when you write
  • where you write
  • what you use to write (pen and notebook, pc, parchment)
  • how many hours you dedicate to writing every day

Try different things and you’ll certainly find what works best for your writing process.

If you want to know strange habits of famous writers,

or about writers who write at night or even how many hours do writers work a day…I have the perfect read for you. Read this to know the daily writing routine of the most famous writers of all time.

It’s a fast read and it will answer the question “how many hours does a writer work?” and you can see writers talk about the writing process the mostly prefer. Have fun!

Positive habits of great authors you have to know

They are not scared to write badly

A great writing habit to have for effective writing is to write badly. Yes, I know that doesn’t sound like a good thing. But it’s the best thing that can happen to your writing career.

Not the bad writing itself. But accepting it.

When you accept ALL your writing, there’s nothing to stop you.
Bad writing is necessary, great writers wrote badly most days. But they kept on writing. They never, never let it stop them.

And that’s why you know their names, you read their stories.

Every single word you write advances your writing career. Every single word makes you better.

And I’m not saying you have to publish a bad story. That’s different.

First, you have to write your book, every day. As bad as it is. Because no draft is perfect. Write the first draft of your book as if you were running out of time, using all the words and ideas that come to mind. Then, after you have written the end, edit mercilessly. Find all the plot holes and fix what needs fixing.

It’s the ONLY way to write a book. Accept that most days will be bad writing days, and that’s the way it has to be.
You will become as great as your favourite authors.

Never go back to yesterday’s writing.
Write first, edit later.

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They read so, so much

Every writer says it, and you probably are sick of hearing it. But I can’t help but emphasise HOW MUCH importance it has.

There’s a saying that goes:
“Reading is breathing in, and writing is breathing out.” – Pam Allyn.

Simple as that. And to be clear, a reader can be a writer. But a good writer has to be a reader. If you want to be a writer, the books you read are study time.

You have to study how your favourite authors tell their stories. How do they show character emotion? How do they describe buildings? What excuses do they use to cram clues into the plot?

Once you learn how they do it, you can start to decide YOUR way of doing it.

Of course, reading takes time and writing even more, and we only have so many hours in the day. So learn to find the time to read and don’t let anyone stop you.

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They set boundaries with themselves and others

Setting boundaries? What are these strange words? I have never heard of them.

What is a boundary? It’s a limit, a line that no one has to cross. You decide what your boundaries are.
For example: I hate people who touch my nose.

My people know this very well. They know that if they do, I’ll probably hit them. Now I hope you are better than me and have more patience. That is not essentially what a limit is.
So what does it mean in terms of writing?

Well, writing is a tricky thing. It is a job, there are hugely successful people and people who do it as a sideline. Some don’t even make a penny from it, but they’re still writers.

Because writing IS a hobby. AND a career.

That’s what you have to explain to your family and friends. That writing is both.
Why should writers make that line big and clear? Because, as I said, you have to write every day (or almost).

So if friends ask you to go out three days a week, you have to be clear with them and say that you have to write that day. And don’t let them laugh at you. Because it’s a commitment you’ve made.
With parents it is even more important.

One of the good habits of famous writers is not to hide the fact that you are a writer from anyone. Their families know how important those locked-away moments at the computer are for them. And they know better than to interrupt them unless they have to. You cannot live in a house where, as soon as you start writing, three people turn up to talk to you.

You have to set a clear boundary, say if I do this, you can’t do that.

And I know that is easier said than done. I know parents, family is difficult and not always what you need. But try. Try to be clear and explain it all, with kindness. I’m sure that, in time, they’ll leave you alone in your writing time.

This will not only help you concentrate immensely, but it will also make you more serious about your creative process. If you say to all your people, “Hey, it’s time to write! Even your brain will hear that and be able to focus more on the task at hand.

These are all the best habits of famous writers. If you listen to this list of writing tips, you will surely become great. A famous writer is a writer who never gave up. Be just like that.

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