How to Become a Writing Rockstar: A Simple Guide

    Do you want to become a writing rockstar?

    Have you ever felt like you could be more?

    I’m talking about that feeling deep down that nudges you forward with your writing.

    That feeling that tells you that you are good enough, that you can become a real writing rockstar.

    But it’s not that easy. If it were, you wouldn’t be reading this. There’s something holding you back.

    Something elusive that doesn’t seem to go away. But is it really elusive?

    Can you let it be and still go after your dreams?

    Let’s explore that question.

    What is a Writing Rockstar?

    Before we do anything, we have to define what a writing rockstar is.

    You see, you’re already a writing rockstar. This is not about being a best-selling fiction writer who sells millions of copies.

    If you want to do that, that’s fine. But beware of wanting to achieve a goal that is set by other people.

    This is about doing what makes your heart sing. It’s about writing in a way that fills your life with joy.

    Society imposes standards on us, but they are irrelevant. What matters is what you feel. When you stay true to your quirky self, you are already a rockstar.

    Why Become a Writing Rockstar?

    Because it’s what you want. It’s what your heart wants.

    You don’t need a reason to go after your dreams. There’s a reason you want what you want. You don’t have to justify it to anyone.

    You just have to take action.

    When you embrace your dreams, and you start going after them without needing permission from anyone, your life will change.

    But for most people, they never take action, because there are fears holding them back. Fears that exist only in their heads.

    The 3 Fears Holding You Back

    There are a lot of fears that hold writers back, but I see three core ones.

    These are the fears that lurk under most excuses. These hold you back from becoming the writer you secretly want to become.

    Let’s take a closer look.

    1. Uncertainty

    You don’t know what will happen, how it’ll happen, or when it’ll happen.

    I work with a lot of people who want to turn their passion into a thriving lifestyle business, and I see a common pattern.

    That pattern is that we have no idea what the future will bring. Where you start is not where you end up.

    The key then is to take action anyway, because life will reveal the path to you. There will always be uncertainty, but you have to be willing to start anyway.

    Write down what you’re afraid of, then start moving toward your fears.

    2. Fear of Judgment

    Then we have the fear of what others will think of you. What if you fail? What if you write something and people hate it?

    There’s no magic potion I can give you to rid you of your fears. You have to dive deep into your fears and really look at what they are made of.

    Yes, they may have their roots in the past, but what happens if you take action anyway?

    What happens if the worst comes to pass? If people hate your writing, would you stop writing, or would you keep going?

    Ultimately, this isn’t about other people. This is about you. Other people won’t live your life for you. They can judge. They can criticize. But in the end, it doesn’t matter.

    3. Fear of Failure

    Are you beginning to notice that these three fears are really the same?

    We fear failure, but what we fail to realize is that making mistakes and falling flat on our face is necessary.

    I get paid to do what I love, not because I’m smarter than you, but because I’ve tried more stupid things, and learned from them.

    The sooner you start failing, the sooner you will succeed.

    But even when you succeed, you’ll set new goals, so success in and of itself will not make you happy.

    You have to find what makes you happy right now, and then let life deal with the fruits of your labor.

    That is the hallmark of a writing rockstar. Do what makes your heart sing.

    A Simple Key to Stardom: Think Small

    If you want to write a book, start writing 300-word stories, or start journaling. Let your heart lead the way.

    It’s by starting that things will start taking shape.

    You see, you can’t really figure life out. If you’ve tried, you know I’m telling you the truth. Life will figure itself out.

    Life has its own energy.

    The same is true for your writing and your dreams. When you start, things are set in motion.

    So focus on taking one small step. One tiny, tiny step. You’ll know it’s tiny enough because it won’t completely freak you out.

    Then enjoy what you’re doing, and let things take time. Sometimes it takes years to see results, but when you keep writing and putting in the work, the rewards will be exponential.

    Start small. What can you do once you’re done reading this article?

    The path to stardom is not glamorous. Forget about that. Just focus on putting in the work, in whatever way you can.

    ”But I’ve Been Trying…”

    Yes, and part of becoming a writing rockstar is facing challenges.

    You’ve been struggling, which means you’ve been learning and growing. That’s good. The reason you suffer is because you want something you don’t have.

    Focus on doing what brings enjoyment in this very moment. Write what makes your heart sing, and let the fruits of your labor come when they come.

    You can’t control what happens, you can only do your best right now. Let go of the rest, and focus on writing. Focus on producing your best work and having fun.

    The Bottom Line

    If there’s anything I’ve realized, it is that I don’t have as much control as I would want.

    In fact, I have very little control.

    All I can do is my best, and let the rest fall into place in its own way.

    What I do know is that I have to be willing to move forward. When I started building my online business, I didn’t know anything.

    But I kept taking one step at a time, and here I am, with a blog that just passed 10,000 subscribers.

    The same is true for becoming a writing rockstar. You have to tap into what your heart truly wants.

    You have to uncover your fears and then go after them.

    That’s the only way to do work you love, and live a life worth living.

    A Question for You

    What kind of obstacles have you been facing on your path to becoming the writer you want to be?

    And if you’ve overcome any of them, how did you do that?

    I’ll hang out in the comments, so please share your story, because I’m curious.


    About the author:

    Henri Junttila is the founder of Wake Up Cloud, where he helps people turn their passion into a thriving online business. If you’re interested in learning more, grab his free special report (+ other irresistible goodies).

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    About the author

      Henri Junttila

      Henri writes at Wake Up Cloud, where you can get his free course: Find Your Passion in 5 Days or Less. And if you liked this article, you will enjoy one of his top articles: 11 Ways to Eliminate Writer's Block When Nothing Else Works.

    • HCG Drops says:

      Creative. Thank you for writing that. I will come back to see what’s new and inform my friends about your posting.

    • CMR says:

      Thanks for the post. I was lucky to write a couple scripts and a web series while being full of inspiration and passion. Now I’ve lost it somehow. I don’t feel inspired to sit down and start writing. Ijust realized today that I need to take action to find inspiration. I was challenged to create content everyday for 30 days. I’m taking the challenge as it may be just what I need to get my passion back. Also, to not beat myself up if my content isn’t perfect.

    • they say, you should not be doing what you love…but you should be doing what others love. in that way, you are going to acquire success you always wanted to…Ron

    • That thing about being a non native english writer is very interesting to me… can you please elaborate a little bit more? My blog is in Italian and I cannot keep on asking readers to use an online translator :-). Thanks for your posts, quite enlightening! f

    • Cherie S. says:

      At least those are my thoughts on the matter.
      (Sorry about the cut off.)

    • Cherie S. says:

      Great post. I really like the 300 word story encouragement – it is a great way to get the creative juices flowing and keep Sharp as a writer. Something I needed to be reminded of.

      I do disagree one one main idea though of your post though. You mention to just do what makes your heart sing, and don’t worry about what others think. While it’s true you don’t want opinions of others limiting you, I feel this also completely discounts a rule of good writing: You never write in a void, but in conversation with your audience.
      Writing about what you love without trying to bow to critics (inner or outer) always makes it more fluid and enjoyable, and that will come across on the page and engage your audience more, but if you think that you are just off writing in a corner to yourself you miss the boat and really limit how far you can go with writing.

      At lease that is my

    • Prateek says:

      after joinning your blog..a lot of inspiration come everyday in my writing and all thoughts come true in diary..your words..your tips always give a new direction like a guide in the unfavourable situation…
      Now I am thinking I am also a part of this eternal writting world ..

      • Henri says:

        Glad to hear that.

        Just keep on going, and keep on writing!

    • The trick, as it always has been, I think, is to push towards the fear. It will not go away. Famous writers have repeatedly called their work crap, and been surprised that people find their stuff so amazing. You can’t let the fear win. You have to accept and move forward. Besides, it’s exciting! How many people get to come home and fear everyday? Most sit on their couches and watch television. Not us, we sweat and freak out and stay awake long into the night. We’re alive. We take the fear and push. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

      • Henri says:

        Awesome way to look at this, Jack.

        Most people try to become fearless before they start, and that’s backwards.

        Just because you have thoughts that something will go wrong or that you’re not good enough does not mean that it’s true.

        I often find my writing too simple, but other people find it sometimes life-changing, which amazes me. So I just write in the way I write and let life take care of the rest.


    • Excellent article. These issues are prime meat for various brainstorming tools. I have to find a way to trick myself into not fretting about “dong it right” before I get started. Sometimes I rename a draft: this doesn’t count_nobody cares what I right.docx. I get some good stuff this way.

      • Henri says:

        Hey Teresa,

        What if you made your goal to do it wrong?

        Challenge the thoughts in your head. Experiment and play with them. Write crappy articles and then rewrite them. That’s what I do 😉

    • Henri,

      It’s great to read your post on this blog. Thanks for sharing your perspective. Stephen King writes at least one thousand words per day. I am not that ambitious, but I write when the spirit moyves me.In fact, I write only when I truly feel inspired. And I have more than sixty poems on line to show for my efforts too apart from guest posts on blogs. And published work in the papers as well. Rejections I have faced a lot, but did not take it personally. One has to move on, after all. Congratulations for crossing the 10,000 mark on your blog. Now, that is a major achievement. You are truly a rock star of our writing world. More power to you, friend.

      • Henri says:

        Hey Archan,

        I am the same way. I only write when I feel inspired, or when I am on a deadline. So blending both of those together helps.

        And also rewriting my articles multiple times. That takes the pressure off me when I write the first draft. I can let it be crappy, because I know I’ll rewrite it the next day.

        Thanks for the kind words, and hope you’re doing well, Archan 🙂

    • Alan says:

      Excellent! Chronologically young writers and otherwise will benefit greatly. I would add one line of advice, though. Your worst experiences can make for your best copy. After years of alternating garbage writing and office jobs, I worked first for the packager and directly for the publisher for twenty-two years, resulting in my spending six months in the homeless shelter system on NYC Ward’s Island. I also have medical issues and disability benefits, and I have all the time I need to write. My current project is a book I’m making of my day-to-say journal entries about my stay at the shelter.

      • Henri says:

        I’m just agreeing with all these great comments.

        Don’t be afraid of bad experiences of even making mistakes. It’s all there for a reason. You learn, you soak up a unique perspective, and it’s all good.

        Doesn’t always feel nice, but when you stop resisting life, life becomes a lot easier.

        Thanks Alan!

    • HI-LET me just say I had fears of failure 5 years ago when I began writing.Today I’M proud to say my first book was published 8-22-12 by PUBLISH AMERICA.THE TITLE IS THE SIR DAVID THOMAS SERIES BY RICHARD ANTHONY SATTANNI.After 5 years of numerous rejections I finaly landed my first contract.MY advise to aspiring writers is never ever take rejections on a personal basis.Editors are only people and perhaps they don’t recognize talent all the time.Any one can write a book.The secret is write,write,write and write somemore.Never give up on your dreams if you do you will be doomed to failure./RICH SATTANNI/AUTHOR

      • Henri says:

        Thanks for sharing that, Richard.

        Writing is a skill. And like any skill, the more you practice, the better you get.

    • I always loved reading, wished to a journalist at 18, ended up in Local Government Top Secreterial for years, kept reading, found writetodone and began to write slowly(badly I think) about a ROCK STAR in a positive light which scared me. Got over the fear, wrote from my heart when Spirit moved me which writetodone advised one to do, re-created my music, ended up last week not knowing whether I wanted to write or not as people liked the music but suddenly comments which matter and like-minded bloggers linked with me, shared their positive stories about the ROCK STAR so now I have to do both but it’s scary writing TRUTH and of course about a controversial figure so I spend lots of time thinking and not writing…Thinking to myself, I can’t write this and if I write that what will people think? Slowly I have more confidence and then it gets lost but reading this I may just keep going. I enjoyed reading your replies so will go with the flow and see what happens. Thanks.

      • Henri says:

        Most people have those voices inside. The trick is not to try and get rid of them, but let them be there and do their thing.

        You don’t have to identify with those voices, because if you are aware of them, which you are, that means you are not those voices.

        It’s definitely not easy, but the more you do this, the more they fade into the background.

        So keep on going, Anna!

    • It’s hard to address fear when you agree with the judgment. A dyslexia has always been impossible to write a simple hello, nice to meet you. Now you consider I am trying complete 19 sci-fi novels that have interacted in my mind for going on a quarter of a century.

      Writing something every day was how I go through the fear. I had to learn how to deal with judgement that I want to change. I was dealing with my dead mother things that change my motivation. When all you left was things and not a single story. When you were brilliant and there nothing left to share the brilliance. You can only cry.

      So I write, rewrite, I read them again and rewrite. Maybe one day, soon or later, others will know those 19 sci-fi stories interacting in my head.

      • Henri says:

        Yup. All you can do is take things one day at a time, one step at a time.

        Keep rocking, Alexander!

    • This is one of those times where what I am reading is so good I can’t decide whether or not to read the end or pause first to go DO the thing I love then come back. It’s motivational.

    • Kirra Antrobus says:

      I’ve realized traffic is outside of my control, so I don’t make traffic-related goals. It’s discouraging. I celebrate when a month is better than the last. Like you said, I just do the best I can and take what I get where traffic is concerned.

      • Henri says:

        Yup. We can only do what we can do. Often the fruits of our labor are not within our control.

        So the key is to be consistent and keep putting in the work.

    • Fred Tarectecan says:

      Thanks a lot for writing this piece. I’m so encouraged.

      • Henri says:

        Thanks for reading and commenting, Fred!

    • Beth Havey says:

      Thanks for your post and incite. My biggest hurdle is time as I have had family issues and a part time job to fill the hours of my day. But I do post on my blog once a week and work on my bigger projects when I can. Exercising the writing muscle is so important. You feel accomplishment and you know you are getting nearer to your goals when you sit at the computer or grab your pen and just let things come from your fingers. Beth

      • Henri says:


        The way I look at it is that as long as you’re taking action, you’re doing fine.

        We can only do our best, and even if we think we should be doing more, we can only do what we can do 🙂

    • vic says:

      My hurdle in my writing currently is uncertainty, you’re right. Until reading this I didn’t want to offend anyone by talking about God, which is part of the plot in the story I’m writing, not the blog I linked above. I was uncertain that I would make the right path through the story, but now I think I’ll just go ahead and write how I like it; no one is going to take it for Gospel, and may end up enjoying my thoughts. Thanks

      • Henri says:

        Yes. Write from your heart.

        Some people won’t like it, but the ones that matter will love it.

        I’ve found that the more I truly share my truth, the more I attract the right people, and the more those people share and love what I put out.

    • A big hurdle lately for me has been being brave enough to submit a piece to try to guest post on certain blogs. I really want to start submitting some guest posts, but inevitabley, I get all nervous when it comes to topic and, well, I kind of freeze up. So I end up chickening out. Perhaps it’s fear of failure, which I realize I just need to get over. I mean, I realize it in my head, but I can’t seem to get my actions to catch up with the facing it part. Hope that makes sense. Thanks for the post!

      • Henri says:

        It makes a lot of sense. I had the same problem in the beginning.

        My remedy? I simply started by writing for smaller blogs and then worked my way up to the big ones. Small steps does it 🙂

        • Good advice. Thanks. Perhaps the first small step would be learning to spell inevitably. 🙂

    • It’s a problem I’m grateful to have, but my biggest issue is having too much writing work on my plate to focus on improving my skills. I’d love to spend time studying grammar rules or picking up more in-depth knowledge on my field of specialty, but it’s hard to find the energy to do so after I’ve finished all the writing work I’m paid to do.

      • Henri says:

        You bring up a great point, Sarah.

        The thing is that no matter what we’re doing, we’ll always have new challenges to deal. That’s just life.

        So even if you get what you want, something else will pop up that needs “solving,” which is why I think it’s so important to enjoy what we already have.

        Keep rocking!

    • Janet Nuckolls says:

      I truly benefited from reading this article. Thank you for composing it. Although I’m aware of those fears you mention that hold my progress back, I often don’t do enough to combat them. And after time, they encroach on my productivity. Reading this served as a prod. I’m sending my manuscript off TODAY.


    • My oldest hurdle is the fear of uncertainty.

      I would really want to have a thriving income though writing, and I feel like I can only accomplish that if I focus more on writing.

      But I’m afraid of quitting my day job because I have to provide for my family. I have two kids to feed. I feel like it’s too risky to quit my job.

      I still find time to write every day because it’s my first love.

      • Henri says:

        As long as you’re writing and taking steps forward, you’re doing great.

        Find ways to make money writing even if you have a job. There are plenty of people out there doing it.

    • Brilliant blog thank you Henri! You hit the proverbial nail on the head and more, you gave encouragement and inspiration to start small … 300 words a day … and for one’s OWN VOICE to be on the page.
      I also suffer from ‘I can’t’ – pernicious and pathetic. Horrible. But sometimes I just do it …
      Thank you!
      All best,
      Joan I will look at yr post shortly – it looks interesting. Mine if you care to check it out is http://www/

      • Henri says:

        Thanks Susan!

        When you take action despite the fear, you discover that the fear wasn’t really based in reality. It seldom is.

    • Joan says:

      Some of the things you mentioned resonate with me:

      1) Fear of what others will think
      2) My own inner voice telling me, “I can’t”
      3) Just “doing it” I have to be intentional about my writing.

      Great post!

      • Henri says:

        Yup. Just keep taking one step at a time and you’ll be fine.

        Just because you think you can’t doesn’t make it so. Our critical inner voices are seldom right.

    • Hajra says:

      Several hurdles are being faced by me. I am very passionate about writing may it be anything! The problems faced are:
      1. my vocabs are not that good
      2. to combine sentences, meaning, first and the next sentence becoming meaningful. (e.g. Usage of perhaps, ultimately, thus, therefore)
      3. I like to write precise, to the point and humorous (please help me)

      Wish to become a writer like *You*..:)

      • Henri says:

        The way to get better is to read a lot and write a lot.

        That’s what I’ve done. I’m not a native-English speaker. My writing wasn’t great when I started, but I just kept on going and I’m still getting better. The journey never stops.

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