As a fellow struggling author I take any advice I can from the greats. The ones I love the most are the stories of authors; Stephanie Meyer, J. K. Rowling and Nicholas Sparks. They have built an incredible career of literary genius. There talent for finding just the right words and developing a land of make believe have captive audiences of every age. Reading each of their stories tends to motivate me everyday. Now if I can only put pen to paper or words on the screen to finish my first novel myself.
Stephanie Meyer and Twilight
This story has been in the press for some time now. The idea for Stephanie’s famous book came from a dream. The can remember the exact day she started because it was the first day of swimming lessons for her children. Although she did not want to get out of bed to risk losing the idea for the story, she got up and did her motherly duties. After everything Meyer’s raced to the computer and typed everything she could remember about the story in her head.
Her characters did not start off with names, and she start to write the story from the middle. She wanted to remember the dream so bad that all of the details such as names of people, or locations did not matter. She would send each chapter to her older sister. Her sister became her cheerleader and when it was all finished she was the one that convinced Stephanie to send her manuscript to publishing companies. Meyer’s received many rejection letters before her book was published.
J. K. Rowling and Harry Potter
J.K. Rowling came up with the idea of Harry Potter and the whole wizardly world while on a train trip. She was on weekend trip house hunting in London when the idea struck her. Being without a pen, Rowling took to her brain to web the story around. She spent many hours while the train was delayed developing the story and characters. She wonders from this day if she had a pen if more would have been added to the stories. The first few pages that she typed up do not resemble what the book would to become. Through many and many years, Rowling finally finished her manuscript.
It was the second agent that Rowling sent the story to that wanted to represent the book. It took one year for her agent to find someone to publish the book. Rowling had to ask twice over the phone to make sure that she heard correctly that her book would become something that could sit on the shelves. After finally realizing the truth, she jumped up and down with excitement. At this display of excitement her toddler that was sitting in her high chair looked scared.
Nicholas Sparks and The Notebook
During his freshman year of college is when Nicholas Sparks started to write in general. While nursing a torn Achilles tendon, he started to write. When telling his mother that he was bored she told him to write a book. He took her advice, although not very seriously. He wrote two books half-heartily and has still kept them to this day. His first published work was a cooperation effort with Billy Mills, a friend and gold medalist. This book did fairly well; mostly do to the name associated with it. After examining his life and where he was in his mid-twenties Spark decided to give writing a book a full effort. He told himself that if three novels did not do well then he would give up trying. It was the idea of trying that sold Sparks. It took him six months to finish The Notebook.
The Notebook was bought from Warner Bros. for $1,000,000. To say he was excited would be an understatement. He bought his wife a new ring and told her that their lives may be changing for the better. He kept his day job waiting to see if he had another best seller in him. When his second novel was half way through he was able to quit his job and write. This also gave him time to work with his son that doctor’s had originally thought to be austic. The rest of Nicholas Spark’s ideas have made history.
These are just a few of my favorite authors. They are my inspiration that no matter how trying the life of a struggling author can be, you must keep trying. I really hope these stories inspire everyone else like they have inspired me many times over.