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3 Writing Tips From ‘Harry Potter’ Author J.K. Rowling

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In a recent blog post, J.K. Rowling, author of the “Harry Potter” series of young-adult fantasy novels, offered writing advice on her website. Here’s an edited selection of her tips:

  1. Read. “You can’t be a good writer without being a devoted reader. Notice what works and what doesn’t, what you enjoyed and why. After a while, you’ll find your own distinctive voice.”
  2. Be disciplined, resilient and humble. “Sometimes you have to write even when the muse isn’t cooperating.” Accept that “rejection and criticism are part of a writer’s life. Being able to pick yourself up and keep going is invaluable.” Remember that “The harshest critic is often inside your own head.”
  3. Have courage. “Fear of failure is the saddest reason on earth not to do what you were meant to do. Wouldn’t you rather be the person who actually finished the project you’re dreaming about, rather than the one who talks about ‘always having wanted to?’”


This article first appeared in the February 2019 “Storytelling & Writing” issue of Strategies & Tactics.

Greg Beaubien is a frequent contributor to PRSA’s publications.

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  • J.K Rowling is my idol. Not only because she wrote the world famous story about Garr Potter, but because she is a strong-spirited woman. She motivates me not to give up things, if something does not work. When I have a fear of something, I remember its history. How Joan went from one publishing house to another and each time was refused by the publishing house of that very book about Harry and the philosopher’s stone. I get goose bumps, when I appear her emotions, her feelings at that moment. I would really like to personally say Joan “Thank you!”.

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