Writers are unique—complex and simple at the same time; focused and distracted all at once.

It can be argued that writers are quite apart from other professionals. But what is it that makes us so different?

The most successful writers realize that writing is a business, and just like any other business, a certain amount of organization and timeliness is required.

A real writer is anyone who puts words to paper, writes their story, revising editing and reworking until he/she has a masterpiece before sending it out into the world.

There is no secret formula to being a great storyteller or a writer.

These traits set writers apart:

1. Attention to Detail

Great writers are observers, paying attention to detail, can spot the smallest grammatical error then adds a special touch to their writing, too.

2. Discipline

Re-writes, edits, and improvements all come by maintaining a disciplined approach to writing. Great writers are devoted to constantly re-evaluating their work, no matter how small the task may be. They focus on their craft and are constantly working to get better.

3. Clarity

An effective writer is able to craft complex thoughts and ideas into a language that’s quickly and easily understood by others.

4. Strong Vocabulary

Having a strong, robust vocabulary is an asset to any good writer, incorporating interesting and unusual words into their writing.

5. Have a grasp of grammar rules. 

Know your grammar rules. There are times to deviate from the rules, but it’s important that you adhere to the basic grammar, punctuation and rules so that your communication is clear.

6. Have a passion for reading

Voracious readers make great writers. By being immersed in a world of words helps one better understand the nuances of writing.

“Linda has published sixteen books. She blogs about the publishing world, posts useful tips on the challenges a writer faces, including marketing and promoting your work, how to build your online platform, how to get reviews and how to self-publish.”