There’s a massive difference between writers who become successful and those who don’t.
Surprisingly, it’s not money, fame, or anything else most people seem to think. Instead, success is often determined by the level of willpower to sit down and write each day. Like Stephen Pressfield once said:
“The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.”
So if you want to become an incredibly successful writer, below are several habits that will help turn your dream into a reality. Each of these insights helped me to create a full-time income doing something I love. I’m sure they will do the same for you, too.
Learn How To Overcome “The Resistance”.
One of the biggest things that prevented me from writing every day was a bad habit of procrastination. Even if I managed to sit down at my desk, I’d often come up with a list of excuses as to why now wasn’t the perfect time to write. For example:
- “I don’t feel inspired right now, so I should watch a few YouTube videos to come up with ideas.”
- “I don’t feel motivated. So I should wait until later when I have the energy to sit down and work.”
- “I want every aspect of my writing to be perfect. I don’t think I can do my best work right now, so I’ll wait until I’m sure I can write something beautiful.”
Looking back, a lot of my excuses were BS. I wanted to become an extremely successful writer. Yet, for some reason, I wasn’t willing to do the work and actually write.
In his book, The War Of Art, Stephen Pressfield calls this “the resistance.”It’s a concept that describes the urge to procrastinate due to fear, anxiety, or anything else that can sabotage your creativity.
I’ve realized that the only way to overcome the resistance is by eliminating any excuses from your mind that prevent you from doing the work.Because if you want to make significant progress in your career, you first need to get rid of everything that’s holding you back.
You’re never going to become a successful writer unless you sit down and write. So each day, make a commitment to writing one sentence. That’s it. Because once you begin, you’ll quickly discover that it’s much easier to continue. Simon Sinek said it best:
“The hardest part is starting. Once you get that out of the way, you’ll find the rest of the journey much easier.”
Create A Reading List Of People You Admire.
When I started writing, one of the biggest problems I faced was a lack of inspiration. I wanted to write. But for one reason or another, I didn’t know how to express my thoughts in a way that other people would enjoy.
One strategy that exponentially improved my writing was reading a lot of content from people I admire. After all, I’ve learned that reading is a great way to improve your vocabulary and inspire new ideas that will help you fulfill your potential as a writer.
Allow yourself to become inspired by other people. Enjoy getting lost in a beautiful piece of writing that makes you want to keep reading. Consider how the writer includes emotion and personal experience in their writing, and then find ways to do the same in your own work. Stephen King said it best:
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
Unleash The Power Of Compound Interest.
If you write one page every day for 4 years, you’ll have written 1460 pages.That’s basically a novel.
Although one action may seem insignificant, its effect compounded over time can have life-changing results. So if you want to become a successful writer, it’s essential to create a daily habit that will enable you to harness the power of compound interest. Like Darren Hardy once said:
“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”
Each morning, I get up, make a cup of coffee, and write. There’s no magic hack or secret that helps me to create a full-time income doing something I love. Instead, I sit down at my desk and write anything and everything that comes to mind. That’s it.
My friend, you can do the same. Just make an effort to write every day, and the power of compound interest will create an incredibly successful career over time. So what are you waiting for?