7 Habits Of Failed Writers

Avoid these habits, and you’ll probably avoid their fate

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Writing about the same things

Whether you grow as a writer or not, your audience will. People change, and this is something failing writers don’t understand. They keep on writing about the same topics in the same way.

Forming writing fraternities

If your goal is to connect with other writers, become an agent. I see so many writers who want the approval of their peers that they forget why they are in this career.


When you read something and think to yourself, “This can’t be true” you’re probably right. No one does 500 burpees, reads 50 pages, writes an article, and takes a cold shower before 7 AM. It’s nonsense, and people see through that.

Using the same headlines

Some catchy headlines work because we’re all curious. So when you use a headline that works once (like the one I used here), you’re tempted to use it all the time. But that takes away all the creativity out of writing. Sure, writing is about doing what works. But it’s also about doing what you enjoy.

Taking yourself too seriously

I see a lot of people who complain about certain online platforms. As if they are entitled to getting the attention of the users of a platform. Some writers get attention for a while, and their articles get traction, but that never lasts.

Not adapting

People change, platforms change, popular topics change, and so does everything else in the world. If you need to change your strategy, then do it. There’s no need to cry about certain income streams that disappeared. Keep moving forward.

Letting other people’s opinions influence you

This is the biggest one, especially for young writers. Having some success as a writer takes a mental toll. You need a thick skin to survive. You must be yourself.

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Creator of the Stoic Letter | My best-selling online class ‘Effective Writing’ opens January 17. Learn more here: dariusforoux.com/effective-writing/

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