Quotes of J.K. Rowling

jk rowlingThough J.K. Rowling is the renowned author of the “Harry Potter” series. She is also known as a big supporter of aspiring writers. Below are writing quotes arranged by topic from this master of fantasy:

On Reading

“The most important thing is to read as much as you can, like I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and it will enlarge your vocabulary.”

On Failure

“Why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.”

On the Writing Process

“And the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for awhile is just bliss.”

On the Business of Writing

“No, there is literally nothing on the business side that I wouldn’t sacrifice in a heartbeat to have an extra couple of hours’ writing. Nothing.”

On Writing for an Audience

“I just write what I wanted to write. I write what amuses me. It’s totally for myself. I never in my wildest dreams expected this popularity.”

“I’m a writer, and I will write what I want to write.”

“I don’t think about who the audience is for my books.”

On Organizing Writing

“I always have a basic plot outline, but I like to leave some things to be decided while I write.”

On Character Names

“I love inventing names, but I also collect unusual names, so that I can look through my notebook and choose one that suits a new character.”

On Inspiration

“There appears to be something to do with vehicles and movement that stimulates my writing.”

“Writing and cafes are strongly linked in my brain.”

On Output

“The thing about the 600 words, I mean some days, you can do a very, very, very hard day’s work and not write a word, just revising, or you would scribble a few words.”

On Novels

“In a novel you have to resist the urge to tell everything.”

“There’s no formula.”

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