Saturday, April 29, 2023

Are Writers Narcissistic?

Source: Krizan and Herlache, 2017

Previously, we posted some quotes from famous writers concerning the connection between being a writer and belong alone. For example, James Baldwin wrote in the essay “The Creative Process” (1962): "The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid: the state of being alone."

And, per The Paris Review's "The Art of Fiction No. 151, Martin Amis said, "The first thing that distinguishes a writer is that he is most alive when he is alone."

Interestingly, the poet Mary Karr made a connection between being a writer, being alone, and being narcissistic. Karr opined: 

All writers are narcissistic. That’s not the same as being a narcissist, as being a sociopath. But no one can sit in a room by themselves for twelve hours a day thinking about what they’re thinking and not be a little more self-focused than the normal person.

Karr may be onto something, because it's fair to say that, in general, (prolific) writers are narcissistic (i.e., more self-focused) than non-writers.

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

ChatGPT: How to become a bestselling author?

 I asked ChatGPT: "How to become a bestselling author?" And here's the response:

Becoming a bestselling author is not an easy feat, but here are some steps you can take to increase your chances:

  1. Write a high-quality book: The first step to becoming a bestselling author is to write a book that people will want to read. Make sure it is well-written, engaging, and offers something unique.
  2. Build an author platform: Start building an author platform by creating a website, blog, and social media accounts. This will help you connect with potential readers and build a fan base.
  3. Engage with your readers: Once you have a following, engage with your readers by responding to comments and messages. This will help you build a community and create a loyal fan base.
  4. Network with other authors: Attend writing conferences and workshops to network with other authors. You may learn valuable tips and strategies for marketing your book.
  5. Market your book: Develop a marketing plan for your book that includes book reviews, book signings, and promotional events. You may also want to consider paid advertising.
  6. Seek traditional publishing or self-publish: Choose whether to seek a traditional publishing deal or self-publish. If you choose to self-publish, you will need to learn how to format and publish your book on platforms such as Amazon.
  7. Keep writing: Finally, keep writing! The more books you publish, the more chances you have of becoming a bestselling author.

Remember, becoming a bestselling author takes time, effort, and dedication. Keep working hard, and don't give up on your dreams.

In summary, per ChatGPT, to become a bestselling author a writer should:

1. Write a good book

2. Make an author social media account to attract potential readers 

3. Engage readers (e.g., reply to comments)

4. Network with fellow authors (e.g., follow on social media, leave comments and/or DM)

5. Market your book(s)

6. Get published or self-publish

7. Write a lot