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War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

The original publication of "War and Peace" was in six volumes. Leo Tolstoy started writing the novel in 1862, and the publisher released the six volumes between 1863 and 1869. Tolstoy wrote "War and Peace" in a seven-year period.

What are the traits of top writers?

The following traits are only one piece of the puzzle — but they’re an important piece.

A tip: “Write straight into the emotional centre of things, write toward vulnerability. Don’t worry about appearing sentimental. Worry about being unavailable; worry about being absent or fraudulent.”

One of the most important traits of top writers is being real, authentic, and vulnerable.

And, here are a few more things that make good writers good…

5 Traits of the Most Excellent Writers:
•    Top writers break writing rules
It’s important to learn the rules of writing, and then let your own writer’s voice, personality, and traits shine through.
•    Top writers express their ideas, no matter how zany
It’s easy to tone writing down or edit the zaniest bits. Top writers push the envelope — and in doing so, they learn to recognize how much is too much.
•    Top writers think of themselves as revolutionaries
They’re not “just writers” — they’re the creators of new worlds, new creatures, new possibilities! Top writers know they’re creating something new and exotic for their readers — and timidity is not one of their traits. Successful writers have the “risk taking trait” — and they know that risks make good writing good.
•    Top writers expose their weaknesses and flaws
Good writers share their authentic voices and selves, even their secrets.
•    Top writers accept edits and rejections gracefully
One of the most important traits of top writers is the ability to shake off rejection, dejection and move on.