5 Great Authors Who Faced Failures but Did Not Give Up


Most great authors in the history were once a great failure before they become successful. Their stories are great reason why giving up should not be in your vocabulary, too

I sent hundreds of applications. Ninety percent of those are unanswered. Five percent are “I’ll message you again.” The other percent are blatant rejections. My subconscious says that I’m not competent enough. I’m not smart enough. I don’t have enough credentials. That I should give up.

But I did not. I always remind myself that every failure should be my stepping stones towards my ultimate goal.

And I know that you have your own struggles, too. You want to write that amazing story that is trapped inside your mind or you want to start a personal blog that inspires people.

But you did not. You are either feel incompetent and doubtful of your talent or you are afraid of failing.

When we read a work of one of our favourite great authors, we all wish to be as successful as they are. But if we take a step back and think how they were able to reach the peak of their success, we will realise that they, too, were all novices before and they did not just give up.

How these great authors’ grit and perseverance led to their success

  1. Stephen King’s Carrie

Acclaimed as the master of horror. He made us afraid of the clowns. Almost all of his works are made into movies or TV series. Although King had his numerous works published before, his breakthrough was his suspense book, Carrie.

The idea of the book came to him when he was working in the laundry. He wrote about three pages but gave up because he did not like it, doubtful of its significance. Thankfully,  his wife found it in the trash bin and persuaded him to finish it.

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.”
― Stephen King

  1. JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

She is the creator of the Harry Potter World. Her HP series become the best-selling books ever and the basis of series of films has sold millions of copies and won multiple awards.

 But before she became successful, she views herself as a failure, jobless and a single parent, suffered clinical depression, and even contemplated suicide. But Rowling did not stop writing. She was relentless, even after she received loads of rejections. Until finally,   a publisher with a love of children’s books finally let her sign a deal for a few thousand bucks.

“Why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.” – JK Rowling 

  1. Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook

The one who tugs at our heartstrings. Sparks first two books are unpublished. He just writes for the sake of writing, as the same with all other beloved writers like King and Rowling. Although he successfully co-wrote a book before, his breakthrough book was The Notebook which he wrote in his spare time while selling pharmaceuticals. It took two years before the book was discovered by a literary agent. What follows were successions of international best-selling books and film adaptations.

“Nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy. Remember that.”
― Nicholas Sparks

  1. Maya Angelou’s I know Why the Caged Bird Sings

The Caged Bird Legacy. Different to the three previous writers, Maya Angelou did not earn a University degree. Despite many tragic events in her life that include sexual abuse at eight and became mute for 5 years, held many jobs that include in the sex trade, she did not try to erase these memories of the past. Instead, she faced all of her adversities and became vocal about it.

She became an inspiration to most women and most of her books are now used in the schools and some universities worldwide.

 “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” -Maya Angelou

  1. Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Author of Two Major Classics in American Literary. Born as Samuel L. Clemens, he adopted the pen name Mark Twain which means two fathoms, the safe depth for steamboats.  He also has a difficult childhood like Maya Angelou and he doesn’t have a university degree either.

But his limited education hinder him from becoming one of the most educated men of all time and write the two most influential novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” – Mark Twain

Let their stories be your inspiration

We can all relate to these famous authors. The first steps are always the most difficult phase in every beginners’ life. We all face different kinds of obstacles in our lives. But just stay strong and keep pushing on because the ultimate key to success is not giving up.