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