Wednesday, February 26, 2020

7 Traits of Intentional Writers

by DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

Intentional writers refuse to consider if or when they will succeed. These writers know where they are going in the publishing world because they understand the value of persistence and hard work. 

So how can we writers be termed as intentional? Is it an innate trait or one we must learn? Is the process difficult?

Let’s examine 7 traits of an intentional writer in alphabetical order.

Intentional writers plan their careers. They are purposeful and motivated. Their zeal and passion for writing shows in all they do. Ambitious writers add another line to the dictionary’s definition of “enthusiasm.”

Intentional writers seize control of their careers. They take steps to learn all about the craft and the publishing industry. Acquiring knowledge is an engine additive to determined writers. Continuous learning becomes a fact of life.

Intentional writers understand the value of dreaming, especially when they are willing to ensure the writing and editing are completed to achieve their dreams and desires. 

Intentional writers focus on the heart of their purpose. They emphasize on what is needed to give them professional satisfaction. Nothing interferes with their concentration.

Intentional writers are goal-oriented. They understand great achievements are won by taking baby steps, like eating an elephant one bite at a time. If a rejection hits them, they are prepared to handle the news and move forward.

Intentional writers are organized. Calendars, research, spreadsheets, analytics, and copious notes are their best friends and help them meet deadlines. 

Intentional writers keep logic in the forefront. While they are creative and dreamers (see #3), they are also practical and level-headed. Writing takes time, and the publishing industry can be slow. Maintaining an attitude of realism will the intentional writer on solid ground.

What is an intentional writer tip you have found successful?

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DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She creates action-packed, suspense-filled novels to thrill readers. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. 

She is the director of the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, Mountainside Marketing Retreat, and Mountainside Novelist Retreat with social media specialist Edie Melson. Connect here:


  1. I think determined encompasses all the others. When I started out, I was so determined to succeed at this gig, I buckled down, learned what I needed to, focused, dreamed, etc. Then I surrounded myself with critique partners who were as determined as I was. We never entertained the thought of failing. It worked.

    1. If we aren't determined, our passion for writing fades. :)

  2. I want to be an intentional writer.
    Great post, DiAnn!

  3. I couldn't agree more. Excellent post.

  4. What great tips! I find myself in all of them at different times of my writing journey. :-)

  5. This post describes you, DiAnn. You are creative, but you stay focused and organized.
    Thanks for the inspiration, my friend.