The Harry Potter series has inspired many children and adults in the decades since it was published. Some were inspired to read more, some to write, some to cosplay being wizards. What's important is that J.K. Rowling has stimulated many young minds.
And she is still trying to help the folks looking up to her who are pounding away at the keyboard and wondering when they're gonna make that break through. On Tuesday, Rowling very graciously answered some questions about her writing process as though just anyone can turn themselves into her. Like, did she plan everything before she wrote it and became a millionaire? Basically, yes.
How does she physically record the words? Is there a magic spell involved? No. She uses Word, too.
I use Scrivener and OmniOutliner to plan and write my novels. I loathe Microsoft Word. What tools do you use?— Mark Hodder (@MarkHodderBooks) January 30, 2018
Her advice about general anxiety is extremely zen:
More questions about planning. Maybe plan to read her timeline before asking a question.
Do you create a visual plan like that for all your novels? I read The Cuckoo's Calling a month or so ago and I kept thinking about how much planning must have gone into the story beforehand.— Sam Haysom (@samhaysom) January 30, 2018
Rowling let William Faulkner answer this one, because most famous authors have been asked how they became famous authors:
Are you ever tempted by new ideas for new novels before your current one is finished?— Jeanie Chen (@jeanstersss) January 30, 2018
Of course! “All (writers) have failed to match our dream of perfection... That’s why he keeps on working, trying again; he believes each time that this time he will do it, bring it off. Of course he won’t, which is why this condition is healthy." - William Faulkner https://t.co/ncNVXp8B3X— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 30, 2018
But most people wanted to know more about Rowling's novel that she is currently working on. Like, where is it? Why is it taking so long?
Then someone tried to "Actually..." her. Are you kidding me? This is J.K. ROWLING!
Butttttt Order of the Phoenix was the longest Harry Potter book aha— teagan (@Teagy7) January 30, 2018
She's got an answer for everything.
Even just to statements:
I'm currently reading a chapter a night of The Order of the Phoenix to my 8 year old son. It's the highlight of my day. We're bonding over our shared loathing of Dolores Umbridge.— Richard McIntosh (@nandrhead) January 30, 2018
All that talent and success and she's still got love to send kids who are discovering their hatred of Dolores Umbridge for the first time.
And that's how you get success.