How to Become a Famous Writer Before You're Dead: Your Words in Print and Your Name in Lights

How to Become a Famous Writer Before You're Dead: Your Words in Print and Your Name in Lights

by Ariel Gore

Sadly, brilliant writing and clever wordplay do not a published author make.

True, you do actually have to write if you want to be a writer, but, ultimately, literary success is about more than putting pen to paper, or fingers to keys. 

It takes not just hard work but serious creative hustle, generosity of spirit, patience, and thinking outside the box. You might be one of the lucky few to get offered advances you can live on from major houses to write the novels of your dreams... but while you leave that possibility open, why not get to work doing what you love, connecting with readers, producing really rad things, and even building a movement around the things you care about? By which point, by the time the big publishers come knocking, they're just the icing on the cake. 

Think about the values that matter most to you while you absorb all the advice that writer, teacher, and self-made lit-star Ariel Gore offers in this useful guide to realizing your literary dreams. And then go out there and do it.