There are many aspiring writers in the world today who would love to be the next great American writer, but very few reach that pinnacle of success. Successful writers don’t have to be the most extroverted person in the world in order to be a successful writer, but you do have to be an excellent storyteller and be able to market yourself effectively.
They reach their audiences
In this day and age, almost everyone is on some form of social media, be it Facebook, Twitter, or any other of the thousand choices that are offered. Social media holds tremendous power and gives authors the ability to speak directly to their audiences. Take advantage of the internet by creating profiles and interacting online with readers. A great way to meet book lovers is by joining GoodReads and hear what people have to say about the books they’re reading.
They devour books and write constantly
The most prolific writers of any time had a love for the written word and constantly sought after more books to read. Beyond that, most writers feel compelled to put the pen to the page and write. If you struggle to get through your manuscript, opt to pick up a book instead. Staring at a blank sheet for a long time is not likely to inspire you like a story would.
They constantly develop their craft
You may have a genre of literature you like to stick to like horror or fantasy, but why not test yourself and try writing another kind of literature? You could delve into short story writing or even poetry. Testing out the waters with different literary genres may even surprise you because you may find that you like writing about something you never thought you would.
They take criticism
The best writers know that they are only as good as their last work and will always be willing to listen to constructive criticism. Much like the film and entertainment industry, the literary world is full of tough critics that can and will tear apart your work. It’s impossible to please everyone and having a thick skin will allow you to take the criticism in stride and grow from their mistakes.
They meet deadlines
Unless you have a publisher waiting for your manuscript, you’re likely not going to be facing any significant deadlines. Successful writers know that they won’t be able to publish the next great novel unless they get to writing it. Set deadlines and guidelines with yourself so that you don’t end up procrastinating and never actually writing your book.