Writing like you’ve already made it

amateur antagonist
3 min readFeb 17, 2024

“The hardest part about becoming famous is pretending like you already are.”

This is a poorly paraphrased quote from something I saw on TikTok (i could lie about the source, but whatever. call the police. i don’t care).

This quote/thought/amorphous idea resonated with me, because it’s definitely how I feel about writing. There’s something vaguely mortifying about writing into an abyss; writing before you are someone. Because until you are someone, you’re categorically no one. You are one of many many many people chasing the same pipe dream…