If you want to become a famous novel writer, understand that fame and fortune don’t always follow the brave. It takes a lot more than bravery to make money and become a famous novel writer. Successful and famous novel writers have often spoken about the art of writing as a process of learning and a continuous discovery of the self. However, fame and success (in terms of money) do not necessarily come together. One of the most innovative and influential writers of the 20th century, Franz Kafka, achieved worldwide popularity posthumously. His works “The Trial” and “The Metamorphosis” are still regarded as masterpieces for their metaphysical content and innovative characters. However, like the paintings of Van Gogh, Kafka’s novels achieved bestseller status only after his death.
Several other writers who had exceptional writing talents worked as ghostwriters for established writers. Or they wrote under a pen name. Though they profited monetarily from their work, not many of these writers disclosed their identities, choosing anonymity over fame. Other famous novel writers who achieved fame through their writing skills were also notorious for their addictions, extravagance, and suicidal tendencies. The mental abilities to continually create something new also eventually led several famous novel writers to mental illnesses and eventually to their death.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, another famous novel writer, enjoyed public attention for different reasons. An acclaimed writer who popularized the style of Magical Realism in literature, and a Nobel Prize winner who wrote great works such as “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and “Love in the time of Cholera,” he was an outspoken critic of U.S. imperialism. Due to such radical political views, his visa applications were for a long time rejected by the U.S. immigration authorities.