Do You Really Want To Be A Famous Writer?

Well, do you? Or do you just want to earn enough to make a living and cover your basic expenses? To be able to visit your family and friends (if you live in another city or state), to travel wherever you like and enjoy your life in peace, without all the adoration and massive amounts of fan mail and constant road tours and interviews and having to watch everything you say because your words have weight now.

Yeah, fame can be a headache.

Well, it’s a good thing fame and fortune aren’t correlated and you can have one without the other. But, if you want fame then go for it. No one’s stopping you but you. If you just want to earn a living, however, that can be arranged without all the extra stuff.

There are many mid-listers you’ve never heard of making six figures a year as authors and writers of other various forms (for the sake of time and my laziness I won’t include names, let’s keep this casual, shall we?)

You can find most of them on Amazon KDP and even Barnes & Noble. You can find them on Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram, wherever, really. It’s all a matter of what type of books you like to read.

SO, the question still stands: Do you really want to be a famous writer?

Take some time and thoroughly answer the question because you don’t need a million fans to make a million dollars, you don’t need a million dollars to make a living, you don’t need a million fans to be recognized and you don’t need the marketing arsenal of a massive publishing company to get your work out there.

I’m not telling you to scale down or anything like that, I’m just asking you to consider what you really want. How do you picture your life looking? What type of writer do you see yourself becoming? Is writing even a part of your life in your ultimate vision?

When I ask myself these questions, my answer is often yes, I want to be a famous writer but not for the superficial reasons. I want to captivate the world with a new form of storytelling, something unconventional but still relatable, something new that feels like it was always there, just waiting to be brought to the surface. I want my work to mean something to people and want it to mean something on a massive scale. I don’t just want to leave a mark, I want to leave a legacy.

The thing is, thinking big and grand isn’t for everyone nor should everyone try to think big. If you just want to take care of yourself and your family, that’s fine. Nothing wrong with that. I’m only encouraging you to choose your own path and be your own writer. Who knows? You might find out that fame isn’t your thing. Maybe it is. In that case, go out there and be Shakespeare!

As always, that’s my spiel on the subject.

Till next week. . .

One thought on “Do You Really Want To Be A Famous Writer?

  1. You pose valid and interesting questions, Josiah, and I appreciate that! As a writer aspiring to be published AND paid for it (I’ve only recently achieved my first paid publication – for a short horror story), I think I would be MORE than content making a decent income off of my daydreams. That is, you’re quite right, a fortune. As for fame…I would be lying if I said the gloriousness of the idea it escapes me. But what underlies fame, I believe, is ultimately a fear of death. I don’t want to die, so instead I’ll fantasize of the many people who may value my stories, poems, and novels (all contents of what I identify as ‘me’) for long after I’m gone. To paraphrase Harlan Ellison (perhaps rather badly) — “don’t let anybody fool you, all writers want to do is beat the clock”.


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