J.K. Rowling Reveals Her Writing Process, and It'll Make You Go "Oh."
J.K. Rowling has faced pressing questions concerning personal life and career from readers, fans, and critics for years. From questions about how she could possibly kill off fan favorites (R.I.P. Fred), to questions on how exactly is Voldemort's name pronounced (we've all been saying his name wrong for years apparently BTW), she has always been pretty open and forthcoming with the public.
Perhaps the most burning question many of us have wondered is how the hell did she manage to write one of the most iconic literary franchises in history? Thanks to good ol' social media, we finally have some answers.
After one Twitter fan asked J.K. Rowling for an update on Lethal White, the fourth book in the Cormoran Strike series which the Harry Potter writer is currently working on, Rowling shared some insight into her writing process. While her tips aren't exactly anything in depth, they are nevertheless the basic writing habits that helped her create a pretty big literary legacy.
It progresses. Turns out the fourth in every one of my series has to be the longest. 🙄 https://t.co/cnXl2Qju6Y— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 30, 2018
Unlike some authors who prefer to let the words flow as they write (rather than planning heavily beforehand), Rowling revealed that she falls into the latter category as a good deal of planning goes in to her stories before she puts pen to paper.
I plan a lot. This particular novel's plan comprises a vast, complicated, colour-coded table showing all the suspects, with blue ink for clues and red ink for red herrings. https://t.co/Ab1uMqh20P— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 30, 2018
Rowling quite literally puts pen to paper. She revealed that, like many old-fashioned writers, she prefers to write in longhand first then types up her story afterwards.
Pen, paper and then Microsoft Word 😏 https://t.co/zD2ImtRjFG— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 30, 2018
Though she plans heavily, she revealed that her plans are not always set in stone, as (like any writer knows) stories can go under a significant amount of revisions following the first draft.
Yes, I plan a lot and usually in table form. In the case of the present novel, I had the idea for the plot in 2013, but its undergone huge revisions since then. https://t.co/jrtDIw8aQR— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 30, 2018
Rowling has previously preached about how important the editing process is. She reportedly rewrote the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone fifteen times. She later revealed that the first few pages "bear no resemblance to anything in the finished book."
When asked whether or not she is ever tempted to start an entirely new novel before finishing her current one, Rowling answered, "Of course!" before citing the poetic words of William Faulker in order to offer up some literary inspiration.
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
Thanks for the words of wisdom, J.K. Rowling!
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