Being a professional writer is a great job. With this job, you can create great works of literature and capture the hearts and minds of the people. In many ways, this is the image that people have of writers. Book signings, legions of fans and money from royalties. But in truth, this is just the idealized image of a writer. In truth being a writer is a very difficult endeavor, and you will need to put in the work before you reach the pinnacle of your craft. You will also need a particular set of traits in order to reach your full potential. Here are 5 Traits that you should have to succeed as a professional writer.
If there is one trait that every professional writer should have, it is to have a love of reading. You have to be a bookworm, if you want to be professional writer, because the more you read the more literary influences you will be exposed to. So make it a practice to read something new on a daily basis. Don’t limit yourself to just one genre. Spread out your literary interests. Delve into poetry, history books, novels, text books. Read everything you can get your hands on. By doing so, you will have a more refined outlook on the writing process, and have a myriad of ideas to draw from. All in all, the more well-read you are, the more proficient a writer you will be.
Patience is key if you are going to write professionally. This is because achieving success as a writer is not an easy task. You will be expected to compete with a myriad of other authors, and there is no way of knowing when you will achieve success. So you should develop your patience. Take your time and look upon the writing process as a formative journey. Take things one step at a time and just keep believing that you will achieve success eventually.
You will need to have good observational skills if you want to be a good writer. This is because there are a myriad of things all over the world that can inspire you to create great work. You just need to have the observational skills to notice them. So make it a habit to take note of everything around you. Take an interest in your surroundings. Take note of the color of the sky, the people around you, the set-up of a room, etc. By being more observant, you will be having more opportunities to find things that inspires you to write.
Imagination is a necessity if you want to be a successful writer. This is especially true if you are thinking of being a novelist. This is because being a novelist entails you to make up stories out of scratch. And if you don’t have a well-developed imagination, you might find yourself running out of things to write about. So if you want to be a successful writer, you should be as imaginative as possible. Don’t put any limiters on your imagination. Give yourself permission to daydream. Read new books and try to put a new spin on the stories. Meet new people every day and try to imagine them in your stories. When it comes to being imaginative, the skies the limit.
Although it is important to have a whimsical love for writing, you will still need to have a professional outlook on the writing process. This is because being a professional writer means that you will be paid for your work. So paid work entails that you do a good job. This is not like amateur writing where there are no stakes. Your work, whether it is a new book or a short article will be judged by readers all over the globe. And if your work is lacking in any way, you will surely get criticism. So it is important that you have a professional outlook on the writing process.