How To Become an Author

How To Become an Author

How To Become an Author

Posted on 02/14/2023 Evan Swensen
How To Become an Author

Is there a secret to creativity? Is there some magic potion you drink to become an author?

Do you pop pills?

Should you drink a great deal of liquor?

Is it necessary to dress all in black and become depressed to access your Inner Author?

Should you wait to write until you feel the Muse is looking over your shoulder?

Or is the way to literary accomplishment to drink a great deal of coffee and tap on your keyboard all night at a local café?

We don’t recommend any peculiar or particular ritual of these sorts. Neither do most successful authors.

Most authors recommend you not get involved with alcohol or drugs. Very expensive. Nor does it truly matter what color you wear. And coffee may not agree with your digestive system and is bad for your health.

Stephen King, who needs no introduction, says, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”

That’s much less dramatic than wearing black or seeking a Muse. Or even worse, waiting for one to fall out of the sky. Simply reading a lot is a great deal more edifying. You can learn a great many things by reading a lot. And you can make many readers happy by writing a lot. You can use what you learn by reading in your writing, and your readers will enjoy learning those things, too.

Neil Gaiman is a notable bestselling author, winner of many writing awards, including the distinction of being the first author to win both the Newbery and Carnegie medals for the same young adult fantasy novel, The Graveyard Book, in 2008.

This is what Gaiman has to say about becoming an author:

“This is how you do it: sit at the keyboard and put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy and that hard.”

So don’t worry about changing your wardrobe, sleeping schedule, or beverage. You have some writing to do.

That’s how you become an author.

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