In 1989 the book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey was published. I am using the idea to apply it to writers. Hence the title, “7 Habits of Effective Writers.”
The best place to start is at the beginning.
Start. You have to put your behind in a seat and begin to write.
Be consistent. I am not saying do it every day. I am saying write on a regular basis.
Have a positive outlook. Walt Disney was credited with saying, “Think you can think you can’t, either way, you are right.” You need to believe you can and do the work.
Be committed for the long haul. It takes some time to write a story. One book wonders are the exception, not the rule. You can make a living as a writer, but it takes time and hard work.
Be willing to pay the price. When you pay the price in time, money and effort the price you paid is spent investing in yourself.
Never stop learning. You learn by attending conferences. You learn by reading books on the craft of writing. You learn by listening to podcasts and reading blogs. You learn by writing. You learn from your editor. You learn by reading books in the genre you write. An editor you ask. Yes, if traditionally published your encounter editors. If self-published you need to invest in professional editing.
Have perspective. Your attitude is a key as I mentioned earlier. It’s okay to begin where you are and improve over time. If you are like me you write because you must write. You may need to do an attitude check if you want to have written, just sign autographs, and be adored by fans. I’m not saying that won’t happen. I am saying it is unlikely.