Writing tips from J.K Rowling 




1. WRITE IN WHATEVER TIME YOU HAVE


One of J.K. Rowling’s most famous quotes is: “Sometimes you have to get your writing done in spare moments here and there.” This is crucial advice on writing a book. It’s easy for us to imagine successful writers spending all day penning beautiful paragraphs, but everybody had to start somewhere. For Rowling, that somewhere included full-time work and finding stolen pockets of time to write. Much as it might be a dream to take six months out to write your book, odds are you’re going to have to fit it into your everyday life.

2. PLANNING IS ESSENTIAL

Instead of diving right into line 1, J.K. Rowling advises taking the time to plan out the world your books will live in. She took five years to create and develop every last detail of the Harry Potter world. Every part of Rowling’s books was planned and work out, right down to how the Wizards and Muggles interacted (and the word Muggles, to begin with!) what the education was like, how magic helped in every day life and how the wizarding world of government worked. She also plotted out all the events of the seven books before she started writing the first.

3. REWRITING IS JUST AS ESSENTIAL

You would think after five years, J.K. Rowling would just be able to dive right in and write the whole of the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, without much rewriting. She rewrote the opening chapter of her first book a total of fifteen times, however. It’s easy to imagine published authors writing with the greatest of ease, but actually the process is just as difficult for them.

4. BE AWARE OF PLOT AND PACING

Even when you’ve plotted out all seven of the books you want to write in a series, you can trip yourself up. In fact, that’s one of the big things to be aware of when you’ve done the necessary planning: even though you know what’s going to happen next, your readers shouldn’t. They need to have a sense of excitement and uncertainty as the plot and pacing unfolds because this is where magic lies. After J.K. Rowling finished the first book in the Harry Potter series, she realised she’d given away the whole plot of the series. So she had to rewrite it, and hold back a number of integral plot points.

5. WRITE YOUR PASSION


Perhaps my favourite J.K. Rowling quote is: “What you write becomes who you are… So make sure you love what you write!” One of the reasons the Harry Potter books are so infectious is because you can tell she really loves the world she created – and all the characters in them. If you’re going to approach your book in a half-hearted manner, there’s no point even beginning it. Make sure you’re passionate about what you write and you’ll draw your readers along with you.

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109 thoughts on “Writing tips from J.K Rowling 

  1. It has a bit of “you are what you eat”, this “becoming what you write”.
    or ‘you draw what you see’. And whether you do it consciously or on a subconscious level, being able to dissec your plot or topic seems essential. Thanks

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      1. Thank you so much!
        I have a question. Today my friend gave me his short story. It was a crime-erotica genre. In the story the main character is a young girl. Is it possible to kill an old woman with nylon stockings?!

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      2. If you want to be really creative, you could scare her to death, especially if she is frail. You could poison her meds, leading to some graphic descriptions of the poor lady’s death. If it needs to be quick, then strangulation certainly works.

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      3. Too funny…

        Dominatrix whip? (Does she have a weird past?…stuff hiding in her closet?) Dog leash from her beloved poodle that she is obsessed with? It’s hard for me to work the word “hot” around the words “old lady”…Lol
        It would be easier if she was a young woman. Then I can imagine many things.

        Unless there is someone younger living in the house where there might be negligee or something sitting around.

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  2. So I promised you questions, my dear friend:

    1. Are you working on your own novel or short stories?

    2. I love your new picture in your gravatar…(okay, that’s not a question…Lol)

    3. How tall are you sans stiletto heels? (Lol…I have many personal questions I would love to ask you, but I thought I would start with something largely irrelevant and basic.)

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    1. Thank you for your questions!
      1. I’m not working now. Just reading as many good stuff as I can to improve my writing. Writing is hard for a non-native speaker.

      2. Thanks😃
      3. Lol… I’m 6’1 ft or in our currency, 185 cm

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      1. 1. shows your wisdom; btw, your English is spectacular
        2. you are very welcome…It was from the heart
        3. I would have to look up to you even in my tallest heels…Lol (I can stretch it to about 6′ without risk of tumbling)

        That was fun! Thanks so much for answering, and I promise to think of more questions.

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      1. Yes, I hope J.K Rowling continues lol.
        In fact, there are so many things that future kids won’t know about. We had a really simple time, compared to this so called modern era.

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  3. Some useful tips which one sometimes forgets in the daily stresses of life. Time to oneself is vital, especially if one is the stereotypical (but true) writer unable to get escape from one’s current circumstances, and others around you won’t give you space, a nightmare if they are not readers/writers themselves (and per your Dreams article, I had a recent dream of being trapped; indeed they are useful allegories ‘back stories’ for one’s plotlines).

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  4. The wife and I noticed your blog and appreciate the neat content you have here. We would like to encourage you to keep writing and never abandon this blog. If you ever decide you’d like a mobile app version of your blog, we would love to help. I appreciate the hard work you have put into this blog and wish you all future success in business and in life.
    Thank you for your time, it is the most precious thing we all possess.
    -Jacque’

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  5. I love the diversity in your subjects. You should definitely write more I think. I want to encourage you to keep going. I ran into a photographer today who’s work was badly reviewed and I thought to myself that’s just someone’s mean spirited opinion. I think it’s good to encourage those who are following their passion. 🙂 I think a review should always be constructive and praising the good things first. 🙂

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