Ever wondered if there was a universal formula to get better at writing? The answer could be as simple as a daily writing habit.
Most top performing writers spent years developing their craft. Disciplined, strict writing rituals honed their writing skill. Many mastered their own unique daily routine. Here’s a snippet of their lives.
1. Stephen King: 6 Pages a day
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a writer who has written close to a hundred books in his nearly 50-year career makes daily writing a priority. He glues himself to his chair and inks 6 pages on paper, come what may. He writes even on Christmas, the 4th of July and his birthday!
2. Ernest Hemingway: Dawn till noon, every day
Ernest Hemingway’s Nobel Prize in literature didn’t come served on a silver platter. When he had a book in progress, he wrote from dawn till noon, day after day.
3. Maya Angelou: Locked herself in a hotel room
Maya Angelou kept a hotel room she used solely for the purpose of writing. She woke up at 5.30 every morning and headed off to the hotel by 7. Lying across the bed; she worked until noon.
4. Leo Tolstoy: Wrote every day without fail
Leo Tolstoy became one of the greatest novelists to have ever lived after writing every day, no matter what. He built his strict routine with constant practice.
5. Mark Twain: Daily writing without interruption
Mark Twain said he’d even write in the middle of hurricane. He allowed no interruption and wrote every day in his study till evening.
Writers who seem to have woven magic didn’t use secret sorcery. Instead, they cultivated powerful daily writing habits that put them ahead of the game.
What worked for these writers might not work for you. But the underlying message still stands; practice makes perfect.
Take a few pages out of their book and write your own story.
Shafeeka Hafeez grew up escaping into a world of books where she discovered a love for writing and a fascination with trees. When she’s not taking up a new marketing skill, or typing out a blog post, you can find her Googling the best therapy for abandoned cats.