You Will Never Be A Stephen King Until You’ve Became An Oprah

In today’s world, the best chance at becoming a successful writer is to become successful at something else first and foremost

A Grain of Salt | ElbyJames
4 min readDec 15, 2019


We’ve all said it before, “I want to be a writer.” Haven’t we?

We all want to be popular content creators whether it’s blogging, writing a column, penning a novel, writing an award winning screenplay, being an editor for a major newspaper, or a best selling author.

What makes other people’s content better than ours?

Nothing really.

Having the desire to write is the first step on our journey. Starting a project or a book is the next step. The final step for most of us on this writing journey is giving up.


We’ve all heard it and read it a thousand times before, you must have quality content in order to get people to take notice of your writing.

“And this is what being an artist means, being a poet? To sacrifice yourself for your art, sacrifice your heart for your art, because it’s only through something broken that something beautiful can grow.”
Charlotte Eriksson, Empty Roads & Broken Bottles; in search for The Great Perhaps

Everybody loves and appreciates quality. I disagree; everybody doesn’t appreciate quality. Most people wouldn’t recognize quality if it slapped them in the face.

If people really appreciated quality, performers like Miley Cyrus, Adriana Grande, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, and all the other Pop music artists wouldn’t be popular.

Then there are tv shows; reality tv is the worse. Keeping up with the Kardashians, the Real Housewives of (fill in the blank with your favorite city), Love after Lockup, just to name a few are horrible.



A Grain of Salt | ElbyJames

ElbyJames is an American disabled combat vet exiled in the UK & a free speech absolutist. He’s an occasional Top Writer