Shaping the Author: Part II

Authors throughout history have shaped their career by using what the world had thrown at them. As you shape your own author career, use these examples to spark new ideas.

~ An author’s childhood memories consisted of poverty, along with a father who was drunk, violently abusive, and cheated on his mother. During his writing career, it took 35 novels before he broke through. He has sold more than 200 million books.

Lesson: There are really two lessons in that example. Authors can use humbling moments to fuel their success and lighting does not always strike after you have written a couple of books.

Question: Will you keep going, despite humbling moments? Will you keep writing more books, no matter what? Those two questions may be the most important in shaping your author career.

 ~ He wrote short stories and screenplays without much success. He then decided to try becoming a novelist. One of his books actually became a movie.

Lesson: If writing in a certain genre is not working, then try writing in a different genre. Make some minor changes to the style of your writing. You cannot shape your destiny, until you walk down the correct path.

Question: Are you making the most of every gift you have to shape your author career, or are you using just some of your gifts? 

~ Early in her author career, her work was called, “Nasty, filthy, and disgusting.” She went on to sell 400 million books.

Lesson: If someone calls your work, “Nasty, filthy, and disgusting,” take that as a compliment, especially if that is exactly how your story is suppose to come across to the reader. On the other hand, if someone calls your work, “Boring, slow, and pointless,” then you need to improve your writing.

Question: What are others saying about your writing and how is that shaping your author career? 

~ After her husband claimed he loved another woman, then left to be with his mistress, this author became devastated to the point where depression caused amnesia. She sold over 2 billion books.

Lesson: Actually, it does take much for an author to become depressed. Authors are emotional people.

Question: How can you use emotions to shape your author career? 

~ She was on welfare, depressed, and had suicidal thoughts. She decided to become an author. Today, she is worth over two billion dollars.

Lesson: Most authors start off broke. In fact, I would say the greatest authors in history were at one time, poor. Since there was no money to do anything else, they read and wrote books.

Question: How can you use your current circumstances to shape your author career? 

I have more examples, lessons, and questions coming in the next part of this blog. Meanwhile, think about how you’ve shaped your author career to this point. Then, think about how you plan to shape your author career in the future…

Ron Knight 

Untraditional Publishing will show you ways to build Author Confidence, increase your Author Knowledge, provide Author Self-Discovery, help authors gain Experience, build a fan base using Relationship Marketing, and put authors in a position to Sell Books.



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