Wondering how the world’s most revered writers became so successful? While every writer has to find his or her own path to getting published, you might want to try adding these simple changes to your writing routine today!
Six Things Famous Writers Regularly Do—That You Can Do Too
Most well-known writers are avid readers. Stephen King instructs, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
2. Get physical.
Murakami has a strict waking, sleeping, and exercising schedule when he’s actively writing a new book. Vonnegut made sure to perform sit-ups and push-ups during his writing day. Treat your body well, and your body will support the exertions of your mind.
3. Send out many submissions.
Some writers hold on to their work out of fear. Others would LOVE to get their writing to literary agents and lit mag editors, but they just don’t have the time, focus, or energy to do it. As writer and photojournalist Ruth Gruber said, “You should dream, you should have visions. Never let any obstacle stop you.” If you’re not sending out submissions, you’re not giving others an opportunity to notice you.
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4. Block distractions. When you sit down to write, do what the pros do: turn off your cell, hang a “do not disturb” sign on the door, maybe even wear noise-cancelling earplugs (whatever it takes!). Maya Angelou reported keeping a hotel room that had been stripped of all decoration to use while she wrote. Professional writers focus on one thing—writing.
5. Write for your audience. Or, in Khaled Hosseini’s words, “Perhaps most importantly, write for an audience of one—yourself.” These are words that pro writers live by, and you can too. Forget writing for a specific market. Forget writing to impress a teacher, friend, agent, or spouse. Write what you want to read. Write what you love. Authenticity and passion will take you far.
6. Reward yourself. If your idea of being rewarded means tons of fan mail and big royalty checks, keep in mind the words of Anne Lamott: “The act of writing turns out to be its own reward.”