Many people love to write. Billions of blog posts scatter the web as more people want to become full-time writers.
While many people want to achieve this goal, few people actually get there. If you want to achieve success in anything, look at the people who have done what you want to do.
Research those people to see all of the steps they took to amass great success. There’s a lot you can learn from any full-time writer by paying attention to their work ethic and doing some Google searches to learn more about them.
What distinguishes full-time writers from people who aren’t making a fortune with their writing? Some full-time writers get luckier than others, but becoming a full-time writer is a combination of skill and luck.
And when you combine skill with a solid work ethic, you tend to get luckier.
With that in mind, let’s dissect the 5 writing habits that most of the full-time writers have in common.
#1: Write Almost Every Day
Many full-time writers write every day. Sometimes there’s a day off here and there, but for the most part, writing is a daily habit.
If you want to become a full-time writer, your content is money. The more of it you produce, the more money you make. That may not be true for you right now, or it may be true but you’re not earning close to a full-time income status from your writing.
However, in the long-term, content is money. And if you want to become a full-time writer, producing more content means more potential earnings.
If you want to be successful in your field, you have to love what you do. Writing gives you the ability to pursue work you love because you can write about anything you want.
Some full-time writers write new content for several hours each day. Other full-time writers only commit 30–60 minutes per day to their craft.
Writing daily will give you a massive edge on your journey to becoming a full-time writer. The more content you crank out, the better your chances become.
#2: Love Marketing And Research More Than Writing
Full-time writers make money because a ton of people consume their content and either buy stuff from them or click on ads.
On Medium, you can make a full-time income without selling a single product, but if you do include affiliate links when mentioning resources, it makes the entire process much easier.
Ads and sponsorships are a reliable path, but many full-time writers use their content to sell products from time to time…whether subtly or through not-so-subtle product review sites.
But at the end of the day, you need an audience. Many of the full-time writers I’ve talked to spend money on Amazon ads to sell their books, conduct keyword research before they start creating new content to ensure a higher chance of success, and actively promote every new piece of content they publish.
Some writers may enjoy certain topics but opt against writing about those topics because those topics wouldn’t get as much love on Google.
Full-time writers and content creators in general ruthlessly look at their numbers to make decisions about future content. It’s not enough to write something good. It has to be something people want…not just your existing audience, but also something people will want even if they haven’t heard of you.
#3: Full-Time Writers Aren’t Just Writers
If you only write content, then you only reach people who read content. You don’t get to reach people who prefer to watch or listen to content…even though your written content can entertain or educate them.
Turning your blog post ideas into podcast episodes and YouTube videos will expand your reach and make the full-time status more attainable.
Some writers make a full-time income just by writing, but even these writers make it a point to branch out. Rather than hosting their own podcast, these full-time writers will make it a point to appear on as many podcasts as they can.
Each piece of content you create gives you another shot at reaching more people. Writing new content daily provides you with a variety of chances to reach new people. Expanding to podcasting, video creation, and pictures for your social media posts will give you additional chances to reach more people.
#4: Full-Time Writers Know Other Full-Time Writers
Wolves often hang out in packs and so do full-time writers. They know each other. If they don’t know each other yet, one will stumble across the other, reach out, and the relationship will go from there.
One of the reasons I host 3 different podcasts is so I can quickly build relationships with full-time writers, YouTubers, and podcasters.
Each one teaches me so much and inspires me to pursue new heights with my content.
One of the most famous self-help quotes ever came from Jim Rohn when he said we are all the average of the five people we spend the most time with.
If you spend most of your time with full-time writers, you too will become a full-time writer. It’s not like these writers will hold you by the hand and show you how it’s done.
Rather, you’ll pay more attention to them, see what they’re doing, and give it a try yourself.
Starting a podcast is one of the easiest ways to build meaningful relationships with full-time writers. And if you are interested but have no idea to start, you’ll like this free mini course that will take you from idea to podcast launch in 5 days.
But if you don’t want to start a podcast, you can participate in Facebook Groups where full-time writers dwell. You can comment on all of their blog posts and read as many of them as you can.
Few things beat the personal connection, so whether it’s through hosting your own podcast or asking a ton of questions, get to know other full-time writers personally.
#5: Full-Time Writers Delegate The Tasks With Lower Potential
Do you really think a full-time writer has time to respond to every email, craft every social media post, or create every picture.
Full-time writers aren’t paid to do those things. They are paid to write for their audience.
As you start to make money on your writing journey, start delegating some tasks that take you away from your writing.
You shouldn’t delegate everything, but most of the tasks can go.
It’s one thing if you’re spending time with a coaching client who’s paying you for your time. It’s something completely different to continue scheduling social media posts when you can pay someone else $5-$20/hr to do that for you instead…depending on the type of quality you want.
Being present on social media and promoting your content will help you reach a larger audience. However, it is a task that can easily be delegated later on.
The more you delegate, the more time you have to write and produce content that can boost your income to new heights.
Full-time writers don’t reach the full-time status on a whim. It’s strategy, continuous improvements to their work ethics, and strategic relationships and investments that help writers transcend to the full-time status.
It’s possible for anyone to become a full-time writer, but it starts one word at a time.