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J. K. Rowling’s Top 5 Writing Tips
Joanne Rowling was born July 31st, 1965, in Yate, Gloucestershire, England to Peter James Rowling, an aircraft engineer, and Anne Volant, a science technician. She was born with no legal middle name but adopted Kathleen as her middle name for her pen name’s initial. Her parents met while waiting for a train to depart from King’s Cross Station, which is featured prominently in the Harry Potter book series and is now a tourist attraction. She has a younger sister named Dianne. She described her teen years as unhappy due to her mother’s illness and disputes with her father, with whom she is not on speaking terms.
She came up with the idea for the Harry Potter series while on a four-hour delayed train trip from Manchester to London in 1990. It would be several years before the first book would be published. J.K. Rowling’s life is seen as a rags-to-riches story, of a determined author who’d lost her job, living on state welfare benefits while writing Harry Potter, to becoming a billionaire whose books are loved around the world.
J. K. Rowling is the author of the Harry Potter book series and also writes the Cormoran Strike series under the name Robert Galbraith.
Here are her 5 tips:
- Write in whatever time you have.
- Planning is essential.
- Rewriting is just as essential.
- Be aware of plot and pacing.
- Write your passion.