How To Become A World-Famous Author

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Wouldn’t we all like to become a world famous author?  I know I would!

The problem is, there’s no roadmap to success.  We have to struggle and fight our way through the ups and downs of life, hoping that our chance to shine will come.

I don’t know if that will ever happen to me or to you…

…but it’s always nice when an article about Stephen King’s writing advice pops up in my inbox 😀

In the words of Stephen King…

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Stephen King has sold over 350 million books.  Whether you like him as a writer or person doesn’t matter.  He’s doing something right.  And here’s what he says about writing.

After explaining that watching television is “poisonous to creativity”, King stated:

“you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot”

I think a lot of us have heard this before.  Reading helps shape us as writers and can inspire us.  But oftentimes, we focus so much on writing that we forget this important aspect of our formation as writers.  I know I’m guilty of this.

Of course, it works in the other direction too.  Sometimes we read too much that we start to get lazy with our writing.  We can become so caught up in the works of authors that we don’t even create any ourselves.  I’ve known a few people that have aspired to write books, but they couldn’t give up reading.

Stephen King also says:

“One of the really bad things you can do to your writing is to dress up the vocabulary, looking for long words because you’re maybe a little bit ashamed of your short ones”

I think this is really important.  Ever start reading a novel and realize that you’ve been spending more time reading the dictionary because you don’t know what the HECK the author is talking about?  Yeah.  Keep things simple.  Use words that make sense when you’re trying to describe something, not the biggest words you can find.

Talking about his own experiences:

“Once I start work on a project, I don’t stop, and I don’t slow down unless I absolutely have to.  If I don’t write every day, the characters begin to stale off in my mind… I begin to lose my hold on the story’s plot and pace.”

This is interesting because this can creep up on me too.  I might stop writing for a day or two, and then, when I try to come back to it, I discover that I can’t get anything out.  It’s like I have to “relearn” what was going on, or rediscover how my characters were feeling in a given scene.  Consistency, as we’ve already discussed, is important!

And last, but certainly not least:

“Optimism is a perfectly legitimate response to failure” 

Get back up if things don’t go perfectly.  If you write a bad page, a bad chapter, a bad first draft, be hopeful.  You’re not going to get anywhere just sulking and brooding about how things could’ve been different.  Go make the changes necessary.  Go make things happen.

Stephen King’s a pretty smart guy!

And very successful 😉

What do you think?  Any thoughts concerning his advice?  Anything you can add to his advice?


15 thoughts on “How To Become A World-Famous Author”

  1. Great thoughts. King is one of those guys who’s just incredibly readable-his point about not dressing up your vocab is a great point, and may be why his stories are so…readable. There can be beauty in less familiar words, but you better have a good purpose in using them

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    1. Yeah, I think a lot of people don’t understand that. People try to look “professional” or like “seasoned” authors by using big words, but in reality, it just looks amateur.


  2. This was a good post! Thanks for sharing with us. As for becoming a best seller, that used to be my dream. When I used to write on Wattpad, I tried so hard to get readers and write engaging stories, but Wattpad didn’t get me anywhere. I feel like if I couldn’t do well on Wattpad, what are my odds in the real world? =(

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    1. Well, maybe Wattpad just wasn’t a good platform for promoting your work! Sometimes it’s not that we have bad writing, it’s just we don’t know how or where to present ourselves!


      1. Remember, “Optimism is a perfectly legitimate response to failure”!
        Keep your head up. I’ve been there too…kind of still am!

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    2. I found that Wattpad is extremely hard to get popular on. It almost seemed like I had to bribe people to read my stories by commenting on theirs or “swapping reads”. Wattpad is fickle and hard to get noticed on if you aren’t already at the top or have don’t have a finished story. Just never stop writing and don’t give up on that dream of yours!!

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      1. It really is. After spending two years there and getting nowhere with my original stories, I finally decided enough was enough. Lol, it is like briding readers to read your work. Ah, I feel like that is the mistake I made there. I shouldn’t have uploaded my stories until they were completed. Meh, I learned something new. In general, I didn’t like the website anyway. I don’t like how they put writers against each other.

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