How to become the next J.K. Rowling

What it takes to be a successful author

Writing an article or as story requires a lot of nerve in that you need to sound interesting while staying informative. If you look at the profiles of the great writers in the past, you would realize that there are some basic qualities of a writer to get the recognition worldwide. As for example, JK Rowling, the best seller of the recent times would not have achieved the landmarks if she were not dedicated and determined. If you are one of Rowling’s fan and want to follow her footsteps, here are some things which you need to keep in mind while trying your hand on writing:

1. Creativity:

Creativity is the first tool to be possessed by a world-class writer like Rowling. Your creativity will make you stand out of the lot and speak for your communication skills. This is such an important quality of a writer that you will be able to prove your uniqueness and specialty only by the virtue of your creative skills.

2. Planning

It took J.K. Rowling 5 years to plan the entire Harry Potter series. After coming up with the title character on a delayed train between Manchester and London, she waited until every last detail of Harry’s life had been planned before beginning the novels. You must plan every aspect of your world before you start writing the story, because if you don’t know enough about your setting, the readers definitely won’t, and then they’ll get confused and put your book back on the shelf.

The following things need to be clear in your mind before starting to write your book:

a. Characters and their friends/enemies. E.g. Harry, Ron, Hermione, Draco, Lord Voldemort

b. Government and education systems. E.g. Hogwarts, Ministry of Magic

c. Sculpt the entire story and understand the plot overview. E.g. What happens to Harry at the climax of every novel?

d. How will early events intertwine with events to come? For example, In the second Harry Potter novel, Harry destroys Tom Riddle’s diary, which we learn was actually a horcrux later in the series . This was key to destoying Lord Voldemort.

Have a think about other things that you will have to plan before starting your novel. Every novel is different, and every novel will require a different amount of planning according to the content of the story.

3. Dedication:

As the cliché goes “Try, try hard”, an amateur writer aiming to pursue a career in writing idealising JK Rowling needs to have the conviction and dedication even if you do not succeed in the first instance. This is very important to keep your spirits high in case of failure.

4. Editing

If you’ve spent the considerable amount of time needed to plan the story, then writing the story should be an enjoyable experience. Do not edit while you write, that can stress you out because you’re spending too much time fixing up that one sentence that doesn’t seem to work. J.K. Rowling edited and rewrote the first chapter 15 times, and when editing the book, she cut back on a lot of information because she realised that the plots of the seven novels were revealed subtly throughout the first novel, and she obviously didn’t want this. Always edit the piece AFTER you’ve finished the first draft. It allows you to leave time before you start editing, so you are looking at the piece with fresh eyes.

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