7 Writing Routines That Actually Work

Believe it or not, there is no single recipe or formula for becoming a successful writer — or is there?

William Ballard, MBA
5 min readSep 7, 2022

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If you’re familiar with even just a handful of writer biographies then you are probably aware that there is no single recipe for becoming a successful writer.

In other words, for all of those that love Fitzgerald, there’s an Emily Dickinson fan who sees the world differently.

Moreover, there is the self-taught writer such as Ray Bradbury, and then there is the educated, PhD-holding Toni Morrison type of writer.

At the end of the day, the only constant that you can find amongst the great writers is this often borrowed and repeated phrase: “writers write.

Sounds simple, but anyone who’s forging their way through a writing assignment knows that there is always something unexpected that can get in the way — such as family obligations, or even just the occasional self-doubt.

With that said, setting up a writing routine, knowing when and how to get to the page, having strategies for carving out writing time, and having peace and quiet to work: are the most important things you can do for yourself as you pursue the life of a writer.

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William Ballard, MBA

Business coach, marketing consultant, and creative entrepreneur. I help writers get their work noticed and get paid what they are worth: https://bit.ly/3M9ztvm