This is not an exhaustive list of the traits of successful writers, but it highlights so of the major ones! If you're an avid reader, take Massive Action, know how to work even when you don't want to, and use the power of your thoughts, just to name a few, you are on the road to success!

9 Signs You’ll Be a Successful Writer

February 17, 2019

This is not an exhaustive list of the traits of successful writers, but it highlights so of the major ones! If you're an avid reader, take Massive Action, know how to work even when you don't want to, and use the power of your thoughts, just to name a few, you are on the road to success!

9 Signs You’ll Be a Successful Writer

February 17, 2019

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This is not an exhaustive list of the traits of successful writers, but it highlights so of the major ones! If you're an avid reader, take Massive Action, know how to work even when you don't want to, and use the power of your thoughts, just to name a few, you are on the road to success!

1. You’re an avid reader

All successful writers are bookworms first and writers second. Whether you read fiction or nonfiction, it’s important to constantly fill your mind with the work of those who’ve mastered their craft.

Not only do you exercise your creativity muscle as you read, you also learn the technical aspects of correct grammar usage, grow your vocabulary, and learn the ins and outs of melodic syntax.

2. You take Massive Action

Massive Action is the number one indicator of success. Taking Massive Action means you take action until you get the results you want.

You don’t just try a few things and then quit if you aren’t getting your expected results within a set time frame. You keep trying, keep failing, and then keep trying again until you get the results you want.

3. You Decide Ahead of Time

Deciding ahead of time means you’re cutting out any chance of letting yourself flake out or procrastinate on your scheduled writing sessions.

Not only is this a common trait of successful people, but it’s a common trait of efficient people.

Instead of playing the exhausting will-you, won’t-you game when it comes time to sit and work, you just do it. Whether you feel like it or not you get your writing done because you decided ahead of time.

4. You still write even when you don’t feel like it

Smart people who take Massive Action know to plan for the mental tantrums that will come up from time to time (or every day).

Even if you really, really don’t feel like writing, you do it anyways because you’re more powerful than the thoughts going through your head giving you every excuse not to work.

To combat the mental tantrums that could potentially derail you from writing, you have a plan in place! If you haven’t found a way to remap your mind when you feel the procrastination sink in, I highly suggest adopting this 3-step plan designed to help you fight the urge to quit and instead get to writing!  

5. You feel the fear and do it anyways

Fear is a natural part of the human experience—even uber-successful people like J.K. Rowling feel fear.

Fear is your brain’s way of protecting you from new experiences. Instead of giving into the fear, you take it along for the ride! You feel scared and write anyways.

You know that fear actually means “Go”!

Fear is a by-product of new endeavors. But the only way to grow into a bigger, better version of yourself is to venture where you’ve never been before. You know that the fear is good. It means you are evolving.

And you also know that it takes practice to feel the fear and do it anyways. The more you practice sitting down in front of your computer even when your heart’s pounding, the better you’ll get at it. You know it’s okay to feel scared and to still move forward because it means you’re growing. It means you’re turning into the writer you’re meant to be!

6. You’re willing to feel any feeling

Successful writers are willing to feel scared and they’re willing to wander the scope of all other emotions as well. This means they’re willing to feel embarrassed, overwhelmed, scrutinized, bored, or even deprived.

You know that you’re dreams are not guaranteed to feel good, and in fact, they’ll probably feel awful more often than not. Since you know that working towards your dreams will not always feel like rainbows and butterflies, you accept the negative emotions. You even invite them in.

Going after your dreams means you’ll feel uncomfortable a lot. And that’s a good thing!

7. You know failure is inevitable

Super Bowl winners, PhDs, and published authors alike all run into failure at some point in their journey. Never once in the history of mankind has anyone set out to accomplish something huge and difficult and not run into some type of hurdle.

Successful people—especially writers—are really, really good at failing.

Whenever something happens you didn’t anticipate or want, you evaluate the feedback and then keep going. That’s because you’re taking Massive Action. You know failure is an expected part of the process. Just because you failed at something specific does not mean you yourself is a failure. You know it was simply an error in planning and action, so you try again.

8. You know what thoughts are fueling and which are draining

Successful writers also know what thoughts serve them and which ones don’t.

Thoughts that are valuable are those that create energy in you—they inspire you, motivate you, or keep you grounded. Thoughts that don’t serve are those that are draining—they discourage you, they scare you, or they overwhelm you.

You don’t necessarily think super positive thoughts all day every day, but you know how to neutralize your thoughts.

If you need some ideas on how to change draining thoughts to fueling thoughts, check out these 12 encouraging mantras for writing endeavors.

9. You have a set definiteness of purpose that you write down daily

In Think and Grow Rich—a book by author Napoleon Hill that’s created more millionaires and billionaires than any other money philosophy—he repeatedly talks about the one “secret” thing you must have in order to be successful. Without it you’ll fail and with it you’re guaranteed to find success eventually.

That secret is having a Definiteness of Purpose, or more simply—a single-focused and specific goal.

Not only have you set your Definiteness of Purpose, but you write it down. Every. Single. Day.

When you write out a goal, it tells your brains what to think about. You brain is very powerful, but it needs direction. Giving it that goal is like giving Hedwig a letter—it will get delivered no matter what. Your brain is the same. When it hears your goal day after day, it will figure out how to make it happen.

What other traits are common among successful writers? Leave them in the comments below!

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  1. I came across your other post in pinterest. Then, I found myself clicking through all your other posts. Then, this! I love everything, especially #8. That is so true. I feel that way too most of the time. thanks for this <3

    • Kelsey says:

      Hi Jude! Thanks so much for showing the blog so much love! I’m glad you resonated with #8! That has been a principle that’s brought such a positive change in my life!

  2. Petra says:

    What about imagination? I think this is very important…

    • Kelsey says:

      Hi Petra! Yes, I agree! Imagination is a vital part of being a writer or just any kind of goal-getter in general!

  3. hEY kELSEY, WONDERFUL POST. THANKS SO MUCH.

    i ESPECIALLY LIKE THE PART ABOUT WRITING ANYWAY DESPITE FEAR OF FAILURE. I THINK THAT’S SUPER IMPORTANT, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU’RE JUST STARTING OUT, LIKE ME. i’M A NEWBIE BLOGGER. I’VE JUST PUT UP MY OWN SITE (PHMILLENNIA.COM). SORRY FOR THE SHAMELESS PLUG THO, HOPE YOU DON’T MIND.

    i’LL BE SURE TO PUT YOUR TIPS TO GOOD USE. tHANKS ONCE AGAIN.

  4. Sarah McCoy says:

    Knowledge is power! Know what you’re writing, do the research, be willing to take the extra steps in order to achieve what you want. Feel what you’re writing and make sure it’s genuine.

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MY NAME'S KELSEY AND I'M A BOOK SLUT

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