10 Reasons Why You Should Not Write For Fame and Fortune #SundayBlogShare #Writer

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Ever questioned why you write?

Ever wondered why you spend hours and hours slaving away over a piece of writing?

If your answer is “because I want to be rich and famous!” – check out my list below.

Here are 10 reasons why you should not write for fame and fortune.

Now, I am not being a literary party pooper, I am just trying to make you consider writing for other things other than literary fame and fortune.

  1. If you research the famous writers you will see that for many writing was a form of self discovery and exploration. Others wrote because they had a burning desire to put words onto a page. Not one of them wrote to become famous. Read this fab article on 15 great writers.
  2. I believe writing solely for fame and fortune sets you up for future misery and heartbreak as the chances of becoming a famous author are miniscule.
  3. You are more likely to get famous nowadays by doing something amazing or controversial first and then writing a book based on your experiences. Being famous beforehand is usually why your book sells in vast quantities.
  4. Making a fortune with writing can be tricky even for famous writers. It took 14 years for Ian Rankin’s writing to pay off.
  5. If you do get to be famous your writer friends might sell you out to the press. Your secret love of clichés, your obsession with crutch words, your ‘I hate editing’ face selfies and your lengthy late night emails about your ten month crush on your fictional character could become common knowledge.
  6. If you did become famous you would have to socialize a LOT. So you can kiss goodbye to quiet evenings, clad in your comfy writing clothes, with only a sleeping cat for company.
  7. Writing is tough. ‘Along the way there are pitfalls of self-disgust, boredom, disorientation and a lingering sense of inadequacy, occasionally alternating with episodes of hysterical self-congratulation as you fleetingly believe you’ve nailed that particular sentence’. Hari Kunzru. Surely there must be easier things to do to get famous?
  8. If you did become famous think about all the extra work you would have to do to make sure you looked good; hiring a personal trainer to get your wobbly bits under control (still loving the phrase ‘wobbly bits’), only eating lettuce and dust to remain stick thin, ensuring your eyebrows remained perfectly arched and dousing yourself in fake tan every night so that you always had a glow. You would get little time to write.
  9. If you did become famous you might have to hand over your social media to others and concentrate on your writing – ugh! This frightens the life out of me. Can you imagine not being able to tweet something random when you feel like it?
  10. True writers don’t think about the destination of their work. They are too busy falling in love with their writing during the journey.



I am going to end this post with a quote from Stephen King, who I think sums up what you should write for:

‘Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. In the end its about enriching the lives of those who will read your work and enriching your own life as well.’ Stephen King.


Have a great day fame seekers!

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72 thoughts on “10 Reasons Why You Should Not Write For Fame and Fortune #SundayBlogShare #Writer

  1. Hmm, a lot of people say don’t write for fame and popularity, but you don’t really see that on websites like “Wattpad.” That website throws popularity in many writers’ faces; it’s sad. However, I do agree you should write because you enjoy it, and not for some dream of being popular.

      1. Thanks! Personally, after being on websites like ‘Wattpad,’ I hate the words “Reads” and “Followers.” I feel some writers forget the importance of the craft and just focus on how many readers they can get.

      2. So true. I found that most “users” on that site just wanted free stories, and weren’t really supporting the writers. However, that was just my experience.

    1. I love it when a writer reveals that their eyebrows are perfectly arched! That’s fine re Trigger (with pet brows too) – you are such a writer! What about tweed? Are you wearing it?

  2. Oh I totally agree! It’s lovely to wish that one day millions will read your words. But in order for them to be worth reading you need to be writing from the heart because you want to write whatever is pulsating out of your fingertips, not because you are envisaging £/ $/ € with each word!!!!

  3. Reblogged this on mira prabhu and commented:
    “True writers don’t think about the destination of their work. They are too busy falling in love with their writing during the journey.” Great post…and I concur…I write because I would go insane if I did not express myself. Thanks for a great post, Lucy, and Chris Graham for pointing me to it.

  4. Great reasons, especially getting the wobbly bits paparazzi-ready! While job hunting, I came across a company that is a ‘reputation management consultancy’ for the rich and famous (with the caveat that you need to be available 24/7, which was just one of the reasons why I didn’t consider the job). Just imagine having to hire someone like that – or needing to!

  5. Well done! I still feel the need to continue writing, and self publishing! My sales are in the double digits, but that’s ok! Your blog sums it up. Thank you, I feel less let down, and more inspired by your post!

  6. All 10 are great points. Number 7 waves at me. I’m an introvert.
    Can’t stand a roomful of people staring at me. 😀 😀 And the thing about being rich and famous, someone’s always bothering you for an autograph when you’re slurping linguine in a restaurant or blowing on your soup Sheesh. 😉

  7. Thank you Mary Sunshine for this uplifting post. I’m so depressed that I’m going to the beach bar for tequila whereby I will tell anyone who buys me a drink that I’ll include them in my narco, CIA, romantic, kinda sexy thriller AND that I might not even kill them in the end. Unless of course they are wearing a red shirt. Cheers amiga. Are you in revision Hell? Just wondering. Kisses, Tracey

    1. LOL – you can still write for fame and fortune. It pains me to think you are depressed at a beach bar talking about your Thriller Romance!

      I am in reviewer hell BTW. My reviewers preferred my first draft.

      1. There are worse places in the world to be depressed. #beachlife
        You know you have to go through a revision to get to the other side. Try to stay positive or you’ll end up in some Mexican dive drinking alone. Ha ha
        I’m just joking. I’m happily writing three or four words every day.

  8. And you told me you’re living the writer’s dream?
    You’re right, though. Many of us write because we enjoy writing. Fame and fortune with our writing is a great dream, but we should never allow that to overcome our enjoyment of the art we all love so much.

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