So I want to become an author and write horror and suspense. I look up to Edgar Allen Poe and I really want to become as good as he is! My dad always tells me that I can be an author but some of my friends say that there is no chance that I will hit the big time. I am starting to think they are right, I mean the chances are VERY low and I am not sure if I should go for it or not?
Never let anyone tell you that you can't do something. How do they know what will happen to you in ten years? You don't know, and no one else knows. Sure, it's not going to be easy to become a famous author. It's going to take a lot of work. But if you want it bad enough, you'll be happy to put in the effort. Don't let anyone convince you that you can't follow your dreams. You can. All the famous authors in the world started just like you, and they wound up where they are because they never let anyone tell them they couldn't do what they wanted to.
Also, about being as good as Edgar Allen Poe, well, good writing comes with time. I've been writing for about three years, and my writing is a lot better now then it was when I first started. I think the best advice I can give is to be yourself, and don't try to write like anyone else. Be original. It makes your writing more interesting.
Hope to see you in the bestsellers section someday soon.
Many scientific studies claim that it takes over 10,000 hours of practice to become a "genius" at something (writing, math, science, etc.) So if you want to be "as good as Edgar Allan Poe," be prepared to put in the time and effort!
In one sense, your friends are right to warn you about how difficult it is to do well as an author. But they aren't right if they say there's "no chance." There's always a chance!
And always remember to take opportunities as they come. It never hurts to educate yourself on whatever interests you, even if it's not directly related to writing. If you are open, the world will open up to you.
Best of luck, future writer!
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Shoot for the moon. If you miss, you'll drift through the cold, airless void of space for all eternity.
But no, you should absolutely go for it. Obviously becoming an author is difficult, but if you need to write then you don't really have any choice but to try. The greater failure would be finding yourself doing something that you don't love, because you didn't try.
How wonderful :]
I think that being a writer would be absolutely amazing. I won't dispute you... the chances are pretty slim, but please don't let that stop you~ becoming a great writer is something that happens... why shouldn't/wouldn't it happen to you? We don't always have as much support as we would like, but that doesn't mean that we won't make it. I'm sorry that your friends aren't so encouraging, but the important thing is that you believe in yourself :] Besides, how many stories do you hear about famous writers or musicians or artists who've said that they didn't get so much support in the beginning? Look at them now (: It's cliche, but you really do miss 100% of the shot's you don't take.
From me, it's definitely a YES I believe in you, congratulations in advance.
One thing i learnt from a talk we had at the sixth form at my school is that if you set yourself a goal and tell yourself you'll reach it no matter what life throws at you, and if you want it enough to go for it and not let anything stand in your way, you'll get to where you wanna be. if being an author is what you want to do then there's no reason why you shouldnt go straight for it! good luck!