The Difference Between A Writer And A Successful Writer
The key to success is consistency.
If you’re here for that one piece of advice that will make you an overnight success, I’m afraid I do not have any advice for you.
But the one thing that can guarantee you success in your writing voyage is consistency. Whether you consistently curate 100, 1000, or 10,000 words per day, make sure you stick to it. Don’t be disheartened when some stories tank, the road to the top is never an easy one. Shrug it off as a minor setback and on you go!
“Writing… is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” – E.L Doctorow
Be efficient with your writing
Most writers reach their threshold when it comes to curating new content. After doing all the hard work and building up your reputation as an original and independent writer, you do not want to throw it all away. That too because you’ve lost your originality!
Try planning your articles the night before you’re actually going to write. Try jotting down some visual cues that stimulate your thinking. Flow charts and bubble-diagrams are really effective tools to structure your thinking and boost your creativity.
Set Daily Check-Points
Deadlines urge your brain into being proactive, stimulating your most creative ideas. Set yourself goals that stretch your comfort zone and make sure to reward or punish yourself based on the result. The more real the deadline feels, the more you’re going to grow as a writer.
Write, Write, And Write
As cliche as it sounds, the fastest way to improve yourself as a writer is to write. Write when you’re happy, write when you’re sad. Channel your emotions into your content and make it original. Nobody wants to read a click-baited article. The sooner you realize that impressing major publications does not make you a better writer, the faster will be your growth to success.
Make sure that you never interrupt yourself during a writing session. Once the flow of thought is broken, your writing has been compromised. Top writers make sure that they curate a large portion of their article before they stop to take a break. Editing can always be done later, so trying writing without any distractions or interruptions.
Be receptive to new ideas:
Inspiration lies in the eye of the beholder. Being receptive to the possibility of new ideas is what differentiates an average writer from a top writer. The ability to curate content that is relatable to the reader is the mantra to success. Be critical of your content and ask yourself whether your content adds value to the reader's life. Would you read it if you came across it on your feed? That should be the benchmark that your editorial meets.
In your writing journey, be prepared to face a lot of rejections. Consider these setbacks as opportunities to improve. Even the famous Harry Potter editorials were rejected by numerous publications. Did J.K Rowling lose hope? No, and you shouldn’t too.
Writing is an experiential journey during which you constantly learn and grow. Making it purely analytical- SEO, views, stats, and monetization- makes writing a tad monotonous. Try curating quality content, everything else will fall in place.