Learning From Successful Authors

What better place to start than from those who have paved the path successfully as authors. We have identified a few quotes from authors that share five (5) healthy habits of successful authors that you can incorporate in your authoring journey today.

Just Write

Sometimes, the best place to start is to just allow the words to appear on paper. Even on days where you feel there is nothing to write or type, it’s the perfect opportunity to grab your journal, step out in nature and just write. 

“A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.” 

~ E.B. White 

“You can’t edit a blank page.” 

~ Jodi Picoult 

“Enjoy writing badly.” 

~ Karen Russell 

As you can see from our author’s words, the focus is on writing something, rather than writing nothing, even if the writing is not your usual standards, just write, because if you wait for the best conditions or even the perfect words, you will never complete your book. 

So, on those days where you feel that you have nothing to write, or you are staring at a blank page, remember the best place to start is exactly where you are and just write something, anything!

Create Routines

Creating healthy writing routines will support you in meeting your writing goals, whether you are working on a book, for a magazine, blog, or any other publication, these quotes from authors highlights some healthy routines that will support you in your authoring journey. 

 “I write every morning.” 

 

~ Ernest Hemingway 

 “I do pushups and sit-ups all the time.” 

~ Kurt Vonnegut 

“Turn off your cell phone.” 

~ Nathan Englander 

 “Force yourself to generate dozens of ideas.” 

~ A.J. Jacobs  

Establishing daily practices and routines have been proven to support the most successful authors around. How about introducing some simple daily routines to support your creativity, including creating the ideal space for writing, switching off all technology when writing, write at the same time daily, spend some time outside in nature and get moving – do some exercise or dance to get your adrenaline flowing.  

Be Determined

Sometimes sheer determination is what it will take to write your book. Setting your intention and being determined to achieve what you intended will be your reality. Doing what you know needs to be done, following through on your intention and keeping yourself in check always will support your success as an author. Also knowing that you may be writing for a very long time before you achieve the brilliance you are aiming for.

You have to write whether you feel like it or not. 

~Khaled Hosseini 

I have to write hundreds of pages before I get to page one. 

~Barbara Kingsolver 

The repetition itself becomes the important thing. 

~Haruki Muakami

Author’s Mindset

Having the right mindset for being an author is imperative to your success. Knowing in your heart of hearts that the book that you are working on is a #1 Best-Selling book and that your readers are waiting to read your book with great anticipation and that it will have a huge impact on the reader.  

As one of our favorite authors and poets, Dr Maya Angelou says below, it takes hard work, so be prepared by having the right mindset. 

Easy reading is damn hard writing. 

~Maya Angelou: 

All of these authors have shared their wisdom in these quotes, it’s now down to you to choose what your next steps will be and what lessons you will implement in your authoring journey moving forward. 

Happy Authoring! 

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