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How J.K. Rowling Followed Her Heart to Fame and Fortune

jk rowling followed her heart fame fortuneLearning how J.K. Rowling followed her heart to fame and fortune will motivate and inspire you to write, fellow scribes!

J.K. Rowling’s goal was to write what she loved…and now she makes millions of bucks as a published author.

“It is our choices, Harry, that show us who we truly are, far more than our abilities.” ~ J.K. Rowling in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

If you want to succeed as a writer (whatever that means to you!), you need to make choices that are in line with your goals.  Is your heart is set on being a famous published author? Learn how others did it, such as by reading books like How I Became a Famous Novelist by Steve Hely (he’s an Emmy-award winning TV writer and book author).

And dig into Rowling’s mindset…because if she did it, so can you…

How to Follow Your Heart to Fame and Fortune – J.K. Rowling

These tidbits are from Marc Shapiro’s J.K. Rowling: The Wizard Behind the Harry Potter.

Do what amuses you – and find a way to get paid for it

“I just write what I want to write,” says Rowling. “I write what amuses me. I never in my wildest dreams expected this popularity.”  Fellow scribes, what are you writing when you lose track of time? What can you do for hours – and walk away feeling energized? Can you find a way to earn money from your writing? Those are the questions to focus on. Then, whether fame and fortune visits you or not, you’ll be happy!

Be selfish. Carve time out of your day to write

“In an ideal day, I’ll work six to ten hours,” says Rowling. “But now I’m fighting to get the time to write. I use cafes like offices and I try to get away from the house whenever possible.”  This writer knows what she loves – and she finds time to do it. If your own worst enemy is yourself (and it usually is, my friends), read Overcoming Procrastination for Writers – 5 Ways to Start Writing.

Nourish your compulsion

“I literally don’t feel quite right if I haven’t written for awhile,” says Rowling. “A week is about as long as I can go without getting extremely edgy. It really is a compulsion.” Her compulsion to write isn’t necessarily something she was born with. Her writing habit grew: the more she wrote, the more she wanted to write. If you want to follow your heart to your destination as a writer (and perhaps win fame and fortune like J.K. Rowling!) you need to make it part of who you are.

Rowling shares more writing tips in JK Rowling’s Writing Advice – How to Write and Publish a Book.

Remember that flame is fleeting for most published authors

“[Fame] will go away. That’s the nature of the game,” says Rowling. “And when it does I believe I will be happy. And I will have fond memories of the time I was famous.” Whatever you’re dealing with — the struggle to do what you love, a physical or emotional illness that holds you back, a family or job that occupies all your time — remember that it will pass. You will one day be in a position to follow your heart…whether it’s towards fame, or away from fame, like J.K. Rowling knows will happen one day.

For more info about this successful author, read Shapiro’s book J. K. Rowling: The Wizard Behind Harry Potter.

To learn more about writing, read 6 Writing Tips From JK Rowling – How to Write Young Adult Books.

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What’s holding you back from following your heart to fame and fortune, fellow scribes?

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5 thoughts on “How J.K. Rowling Followed Her Heart to Fame and Fortune”

  1. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Thanks for your comments.

    Delena ~ I hope you find time to get your own writing done! That’s more important than writing for clients, even though writing for clients pays the bills. But, writing for yourself is where your heart is.

    Missy ~ When you’re ready, you’ll get tired of reading about how authors like JK Rowling followed their hearts to fame and fortune, and you’ll be ready to follow your own heart 🙂

  2. Delena Silverfox

    J.K. Rowling’s success has absolutely astounded me. I mean, I love Harry as much as the next rabid fan, but still. Her and Harry’s fame is like a literary mushroom cloud. I suppose it showed that the YA genre really was ready for more mature material than it had ever been given credit for.

    Then again, I’ve read some phenomenal YA novels and the subjects were just as mature as Harry Potter books, but they didn’t have nearly the reach that Rowling’s books have.

    So her fame astounds me. Whenever I just write what I want to read, my own popularity always jumps. If I didn’t spend every spare minute (even eating into my sleep time) to write for my clients, I’d get so much of my own writing done.


  3. What’s holding me back from following my heart to fame and fortune is laziness. I’ll never be like JK Rowling because I get distracted by everything around me, such as writing blogs like these!!!