Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday: “How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead” by Ariel Gore

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Ariel Gore might or might not be a famous author. I suppose it depends on how you define the term. However, How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead by this experienced author offers solid advice for the professional writer (famous or not).

Read it because you’re curious what it takes to be a published author, and you want to learn about the publishing part, not just the writing part.

Key Takeaways

  • In this book, experienced nonfiction author Ariel Gore offers practical tips and advice on both writing and publishing, encouraging not-yet-established writers to be professional, consistent, and constantly growing.
  • Self-publish on any scale, Gore advises. The journey is the destination.
  • Find an agent who publishes/reads what you write.
  • Go longhand. You’ll edit less, and choose words more carefully.
  • Get a book on proposal writing.
  • Try this exercise: Write a story using no adjectives or adverbs. It might help you break the habit of overdescribing.
  • Rush it! Try writing a whole book in a month. This can give you a sense of accomplishment and confidence in your abilities.
  • Don’t use words that mean “said.” use “said,” or leave quotes bare.
  • Don’t use words like plethora, myriad, or sleepily. Show, don’t tell.
  • Consider getting published in an anthology initially. Alternatively, create a zine or a blog to get published on a regular basis.

About the Author

Ariel Gore is a writer and editor known for her memoirs and non-fiction works. Her books include Atlas of the Human Heart, The Hip Mama Survival Guide, and We Were Witches. Gore is recognized for her unique and honest storytelling style, often exploring themes of feminism, motherhood, alternative lifestyles, and personal growth.

As an educator, Gore has taught writing workshops and classes at various institutions, including the University of New Mexico, the Institute of American Indian Arts, and The Attic Institute. She is known for her nurturing and empowering approach to teaching writing, particularly to marginalized voices.


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