Four Habits of Successful Writers

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All great writers have habits.

Good habits and bad ones. I am by nature a creature of habit, usually, if I can do something for about a month (maybe 2) then I will do it forever unless someone stops me. So naturally I became very interested in writing habits, and how to form good ones. I’ve spent a lot of time researching to emulate the best practices and make myself a better writer.

Today I am going to list my top 5 for you.

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4 Things I wish I’d known when I started writing

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I’ve been writing now for over a decade, and between college magazines, novellas, and novels I’ve picked up a few things.  There are, however, some lessons that were hard to learn. Things I wish I’d known when I started out, I decided to share them with you.

All it takes for you to be a writer is for you to write.

When I started, I was obsessed with the idea that I wasn’t a ‘real’ writer until I got something published. I wasted so much time being upset that I wasn’t a ‘real’ writer. It actually makes me angry to think of this now, I spent days and days of my time being unhappy that I hadn’t ‘made it’ as a writer when I could have used that time to enjoy writing.

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Life & Love: Terry Pratchett – 1948 – 2015

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The world has lost one of its brightest stars.

This man, although I did not have the pleasure of knowing him personally, has influenced my life more times than I can count.

I grew up with the stories of Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat, it was Sam Vimes and Carrot that pulled me through college and university and it was Moist Von Lipwig who shoved me head first through those first few months of working in the real world.

But more than that, it was while reading the Fifth Elephant that I said to myself “I really wish I could do something like this.” And so I did.

His influence on me was great and I will miss him.

His influence on the world was greater.

“AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER.”