4 Bad Habits Of Unsuccessful Writers
The internet is filled with advice on the daily habits you need to become a great writer. However, very few people talk about the habits that prevent people from becoming successful.
I feel that it’s certainly something that needs to be talked about in more detail. Because during my time as a professional writer, I’ve realized that the habits you don’t implement are equally important as the ones you do.
So once you identify the daily habits that are sabotaging your success, it’s much easier to eliminate them and create the writing career that you deserve.
1. They Don’t Have A Daily Routine.
For several months, I attempted to become a successful writer. But no matter how hard I tried, nothing seemed to work. I kept experiencing failure after failure and often found myself struggling to write something interesting. The reason? A lack of consistency.
I’ve discovered that when you do something every day, it’s much easier to avoid procrastination and anything else that may prevent you from achieving success.
So each morning, I spend several hours coming up with new ideas and writing new articles. Because when you create a daily habit, the power of compound interest will result in massive improvements over time. Darren Hardy said it best:
“A daily routine built on good habits and disciplines separates the most successful among us from everyone else. A routine is exceptionally powerful.”
I’m empathetic to the fact that you might have a lack of time, family commitments, or anything else that prevents you from writing for several hours each day. However, even if it’s just for ten minutes each morning, creating a daily routine is something that will certainly improve your writing career.
2. They Don’t Read A Variety Of Content.
This is a mistake that many people make. Sure, it might seem like reading a narrow range of content has no consequences. I get that. But if you’re not reading a variety of topics, you’re limiting your potential as a writer.
The whole point of reading is to enjoy new content, expand your vocabulary, and explore new concepts/ideas. So when you limit yourself to one genre, you’re not allowing your imagination to fulfill its true potential.
You’re capable of achieving a lot more than you think. So don’t allow yourself to be stuck with a limited vocabulary or anything else that could hold you back from a successful writing career.
3. They Don’t Edit Their First Draft.
I’ve noticed that unsuccessful writers tend to have a desire to publish each article as soon as they finish writing it. They’re impatient and often find it challenging to step back and critique their own writing.
That’s one of the biggest reasons why some people never achieve success. Because when you don’t edit your work, and make each sentence as good as possible, you’re not allowing yourself to fulfill your potential as an incredible writer.
I’ve learned that natural talent isn’t a prerequisite for success. But do you know what is? Recognizing that you have room for improvement, and then doing whatever it takes to articulate your points in the clearest way possible.
I can tell that you want to become an extremely successful writer. But unless you’re willing to edit your first draft, and improve the quality of your writing, it’ll be difficult to make any meaningful progress in your career. As the author, Roy T. Bennett once said:
“No matter how much experience you have, there’s always something new you can learn and room for improvement.”
4. They Take Criticism Too Seriously.
Your writing might be absolutely incredible. But no matter how much you aim to please, someone will always find a way to criticize your work. Why? It’s often out of spite, jealousy, or another negative emotion that could make someone feel compelled to find faults with your writing.
Unsuccessful writers take criticism to heart and think about it for hours. They let negative thoughts control their mindset, and prevent them from writing anything in the future, due to a fear of being criticized even more.
Meanwhile, successful writers accept that some people will disagree with them. They recognize that they can’t control what other people think, do, or say. So instead of worrying about criticism, they let go of everything they can’t control and focus solely on what they can. In the words of Marcus Aurelius:
“You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
Like you, I once had a dream to become a successful writer. I wanted to be like Ryan Holiday, Stephen King, and many other people that I admire. But I’ve found that the habits you don’t implement are equally important as the ones you do.
So each day, try to avoid the above habits of unsuccessful writers. Because once you do, you’ll find yourself making a lot more progress in your career than you ever thought possible.