How ‘legendary author’ became anything but - Mo Fanning Author
Legendary author

How ‘legendary author’ became anything but

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Legendary author

The term “legendary author” has become increasingly overused in recent years, with many people using it to describe authors who are simply well-known or popular, rather than truly legendary. This diminishes the significance of the term and devalues its true meaning.

A legendary author is someone who has had a profound and lasting impact on the literary world. This could be through their innovative writing style, their groundbreaking ideas, or their ability to capture the human experience in a unique and powerful way. Legendary authors are rare, and their work is often considered to be timeless and enduring.


Unfortunately, “legendary” has been co-opted by some to describe any author who has achieved a certain level of fame or success. This has led to the term becoming diluted and meaningless, and it no longer carries the weight it once did.

The overuse can be seen as a symptom of our celebrity-obsessed culture, where people are more interested in fame and popularity than in true artistic achievement. This risks causing damage to the literary world, as it shifts the focus away from the quality of an author’s work and onto their public image.

What makes a legend?

To be considered a legendary author, an individual must have a body of work that is consistently high in quality and that stands the test of time. This means that their writing must be original, thought-provoking, and enduring, and it must have made a significant contribution to the world of literature.

To truly appreciate the work of legendary authors, we must understand and appreciate the qualities that make them truly legendary. This means looking beyond their fame and popularity, and considering the lasting impact and significance of their work. By doing so, we can give these authors the recognition they truly deserve, and restore the meaning and significance of the term “legendary author”.

How to become legendary

Being a legendary writer means never having to say you’re sorry for all the typos in your work. It means being able to use the phrase “writer’s block” as an excuse for procrastination, and get away with it every single time.

A legendary writer is someone who can write a best-selling novel in just one night, fuelled only by coffee and sheer determination. They can churn out perfect prose without breaking a sweat, and their words flow effortlessly from their fingertips like a magical, never-ending stream of literary genius.

But being a legendary writer isn’t all glamour and glitz. It also means dealing with the constant pressure to deliver the next great prize-winning novel, while simultaneously fighting off hordes of adoring fans (and haters) who want a piece of you.

It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it. And as a legendary writer, that someone is you. So sit back, pour yourself a glass of your favorite writing fuel (be it coffee, wine, or something stronger), and let the words flow like a river. You’ve got this.

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By Mo Fanning

Mo Fanning is a British author of dark romantic comedies including the Book of the Year nominated bestseller 'The Armchair Bride', 'Rebuilding Alexandra Small' and 2022's hit holiday romcom 'Ghosted'.

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