How To Become A Famous Writer

By on September 2, 2017
How To Become A Famous Writer - Writer's

While not every writer out there harbours ambitions to become mega successful and famous, for most of us, let’s face it, if a massive publishing deal landed in our lap, we would hardly refuse it.

Of course, becoming a famous writer isn’t easy, and there are no guarantees that all your hard work will pay off. Nevertheless, if it’s your dream, then you should go for it! Here are the steps that you’ll need to take.

Make sure it’s what you really want.

Are you sure you want to be a famous writer? Before you make this the number one priority in your life, it’s a good idea to make sure it’s all its cracked up to be. Do a little research to find out what the life of a famous writer is really like, as well what it takes to get there - you might find it’s not actually what you want after all!

2. Keep a journal

A journal is a great way to helping you get into the habit of writing frequently. You can also use it to write down notes and ideas for your book. Keep it with you at all times and make sure you write in it every day.

3. Read as many books as you can

Reading is one of the best things you can do as a writer. Devour as many books as you possibly have time to. They will help ensure you and help you learn what you love. If you know what sort of books you love to read, you know what sort of books you’ll love to write.

4. Write all the time

All famous authors have something in common - they wrote. A lot. Writers write - that’s the simple truth of the matter. If you really do want to be a successful writer you need to put the hours in.

5. Obtain feedback

Every writer needs impartial and constructive criticism to help them improve. Be prepared to get lots of feedback, and know that it won’t always be positive. Learn what constitutes constructive criticism, and accept that sometimes people do know better than you!

6. Find your niche

Your voice needs to be unique if you want it to be heard. Find a way to stand out from the crowd, to tap into a niche market, to do something no-one else has. If you can do that you might just stand a chance.

7. Understand the elements that make a great story

There are millions of different stories out there, but they all have similar elements and themes in common when you boil them down to their bare bones. Learn what these are, and you’ll understand the very basics of good story writing at least.

8. Never stop learning

There are always new things to learn, methods to experiment with and ways to improve. Always be open to learning something new - even if you do get famous!

9. Get good at social media

In this contemporary society having a good social media following, one that is engaged and interested in what you have to say can be a massive boost when it comes to trying to sell your book. So learn how social media works and use it to your advantage.

10. Never give up

Rejection sucks, but if every writer gave up after their first rejection, there would be hardly any books out there. What one publisher doesn’t think will work another might think is fantastic. You might have to write 5, 10, 15 books before you get noticed. You might not have any success for decades. But the most likely way you’ll become famous is just to keep on trying!
We’re not saying this is a foolproof plan that will lead you on the road to fame and fortune. However, these are all tasks that every writer must undertake if they want to give themselves the best chance of becoming a famous author - do you have what it takes?!

Bethany Cadman -author of 'Doctor Vanilla's Sunflowers'

Bethany Cadman -author of 'Doctor Vanilla's Sunflowers'

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