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Writing Habits from Famous Authors

What can we learn from famous authors?

  • Everyone needs motivation from time to time.
  • What can famous authors offer you?

How are your writing habits coming? Do you have a process to help you stay motivated to get your book done?

There are tons of strategies. Write 1000 words a day. Or a chapter a day. Or write an hour a day.

If you’re having trouble creating a habit or you suffer from procrastination, there’s a lot to learn from successful authors.

Several bestsellers’s advice is to repeat the mantra: “It’s our job.”

If a doctor said he didn’t feel like it today, a life could be lost.

While that is a bit dramatic, but the point is, writing is our job.

We sit down and we write. We produce stories.

No one’s habit or process will be the same. But having that writing habits or processes is what puts books on the shelves.

For a bit of inspiration, let the famous authors help:

Ernest Hemingway: “I write every morning.”

Jodi Picoult: “I don’t believe in writer’s block. You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page.”

Khaled Hosseini: “You have to write whether you feel like it or not.”

Toni Morrison: “I am able to write regularly. I have a nine-to-five job. I write either in between those hours or spend a lot of the weekend and predawn time writing.”

Henry Miller: “Write first and always. Painting, music, friends, cinema – all these come after.”

Nora Roberts: “I write every day. It’s my job. Routine is my life.” and “Stop whining and write.”

Joe Lansdale: “I write every morning at 9, and I’m done by noon.”

Maya Angelou: “I make writing as much a part of my life as I do eating or listening to music.”


Whether you take advice from famous writers or not, find the writing habit that works for you.

Stick with it for a month and see what happens.

Happy writing!