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
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.
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!