5 Habits of Highly Effective Writers
Why is it that some writers stand out above the others? What is the difference that makes one writer’s work spread like wildfire from reader to read while another struggles to get traffic? You may think that your writing is amazing, but there are some elements that make writing stand out. Here are five habits of highly effective writers. Mastering these will help you to get more traffic and get your writing noticed.
1. Write for others rather than yourself. Readers want to read something that not only interests them but that they can connect and relate to. If you only write for yourself, then you are doing nothing more than journaling. While journaling is a great way to hone your skills and get your thoughts out, it will not increase your traffic or your audience. Focus on what your readers want to read and write about that.
2. Make a habit of writing outside your comfort zone every day. Great writers push their limits and try to learn new ways of engaging their audience. Try writing from a different point of view, or write about a subject that you are not familiar with. Write a story with a plotline that is not your usual. Writing something outside of your comfort zone will help your writing to improve.
3. Work on finishing short pieces. Working on a novel may be your dream, but you are much more likely to get published as well as have the discipline to actually finish your novel if you get your name out there with some shorter pieces. Short stories give you a chance to practice and hone your craft.
4. Submit for publication. This may be one of the scariest things that you ever do, and you will probably receive rejection letters the first several times, but it is good practice. It will give you a sense of your skill and where you need to focus on making improvements. Submitting your work for publication has been shown to help writers improve more quickly.
5. Ignore any advice that anyone gives you. Only you know how to improve yourself. Great writers break the rules. They make their own decisions, and they do whatever they have to in order to get their work out there. Great writers learn the rules, and then they disregard them in order to make something truly unique.
No matter where you are in your development as a writer, implementing these five habits of highly effective writers will give you a boost. You will be able to write more effectively and will notice your traffic soar. Your writing will improve, and you will become a great writer.