by Ali (With thanks to Michael Pollock for the article suggestion and title.)
I’ve been writing, on and off, since my early teens – but it’s only in the last three years that I’ve really taken my writing seriously.
It’s made a dramatic difference. I write far, far more. I write better. I finish things – something which, at one point in my writing life, was pretty much unheard of.
In the past few years, I’ve been lucky enough to work alongside all sorts of great writers, during my MA in Creative Writing, and in my freelancing. I’ve noticed that serious writers – people who finish novels, who publish ebooks, who run successful freelancing businesses – typically have most of the following seven habits: