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There are many writers, but few stand the taste of time. Having great writers who have done what you want to do can be inspiring. The world today is now in acceptance, which means, no matter your skin color or the way you think, people are willing to read what you write. Yeah, most of the successful writers have built a name, making whatever they put out almost an instant success, but that shouldn’t stop you. You are unstoppable! But come to think of it, why do some make it to the top and others don’t? The answer is not perseverance, luck, or favors. The answer is in the book. As I said, people are now open to what you have to offer. If you have a good book, then it will stand the taste of time. Most, if not all of the authors below, have sold millions of copies of their books; that means there’s a chance for you. Nobody is born to be the best. You have to work toward it. So, if you want to be the best, you have to learn from the best. Let's get to the list:
1. Marilynne Robinson
Author of Housekeeping, Gilead, and many more, she’s grown in her career to become one of the best. In an article by Literary Hub, you can learn nineteen ways to look at Marilynne Robinson. Not only is she a unique writer, but she also stands up for what she believes in, and that’s passing across her message through her books. The Archbishop of Canterbury once said that Robinson’s is a voice we urgently need to attend to in Church and society.
2. Jonathan Franzen
The Corrections and Freedom are some of his notable works. Franzen is no stranger to the novel industry, if I may say. He’s written quite a lot of books which you can find on his website. His genre is literary fiction, and fans can’t get enough of him. “Serious fans always need to feel uniquely connected to the object of their fandom; they jealously guard those points of connection, however tiny or imaginary, that justify the feeling of uniqueness,” was his quote about fans, which you can find on Goodreads.
3. George Saunders
He’s an American writer with good taste. He loves writing short stories, essays, novellas, children’s books, and novels. His Lincoln in the Bardo, a novel, was a success. Soon after winning the booker prize, his book skyrocketed in sales, up to %70. Other notable works are CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, Pastoralia, and Tenth of December.
4. Stephen King
From genres like Horror, fantasy, supernatural fiction, drama, gothic, and many more, King could be called a versatile writer, and people won’t even think twice. He’s written over 200 short stories. His books have sold more than 300 million copies, and they’re still selling till today. There is a lot you can learn from King. In this article in the Guardian, you can learn ten things about him.
5. Michael Chabon
A novelist, screenwriter, columnist, short story writer, Chanon’s works still reach readers. One of his novels, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. It’s also good to note that some of his novels have been adapted into a movie, which you can watch today. He’s also helped in some movies with good box office numbers.