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10 Essential Skills for Every Writer

The way you write says a lot about your development as an author. Any person who says that anyone can write a good story does not understand the process of writing as well as its essentials. Of course, many people have great ideas for writing but they cannot produce high-quality work because they lack essential writing skills.

Okay, you may think I’m throwing you for a loop here. However, listen to this: writing is so much more than creating. Experienced authors use a wide variety of methods to ensure that their creation will be worth attention from readers. For example, they know how to use events to create a narrative framework, avoid clichés, and write appealing headlines.

Then, there’s marketing and publishing. Today, every writer needs to learn how to promote their book and work well with publishers and editors. This means rejection, revisions, multiple submissions, and other not-so-great things. However, even though it is a time-consuming process, it will reward you nicely in the end when people show interest in your work.

A master use of writing essentials is behind every successful writer. If your work is fundamentally sound, it increases your chances for continuous success.

In the infographic below, created by the Awriter team, you will find a list of top ten essential skills that every writer should possess in order to succeed in the industry. All essentials are presented along with concise explanations and tips to help you improve your craft. After reading this infographic, you will realize once again that, even though writing is an ongoing learning process, the essentials remain the same.

Publishing, researching, originality, observing, editing, humor, headlines are the areas covered, and I really hope you will develop them to an extent that allows you to earn while you learn further.

Okay, let’s get back to school and learn writing essentials!

10 Essential Skills for Every Writer | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books