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:
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.