Tips from J. K. Rowling


1. WRITE IN WHATEVER TIME YOU HAVE One of J.K. Rowling’s most famous quotes is: “Sometimes you have to get your writing done in spare moments here and there.” This is crucial advice on writing a book. It’s easy for us to imagine successful writers spending all day penning beautiful paragraphs, but everybody had to […]

via Writing tips from J.K Rowling  — World of Horror

The first time I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, way back in 2001, I was hooked.

In the beginning, Harry Potter was a secret pleasure, something to keep to myself and mutter over. “We mustn’t let the filthy Muggleses ruin you, my precious…” My inner Gollum wasn’t ready to let others know what I was reading and open up myself, or this wonderful book, to potential ridicule.

There I was, a grown woman, fangirling over a children’s book.

At the time, it wasn’t cool. Thanks to J. K. Rowling, it’s no big deal now. One of the many reasons I admire her is because the popularity of her work reduced the social stigma of being an adult who doesn’t like to be stuck reading in one age range.

Because of the success of Harry Potter, it became socially acceptable to read children’s and YA fantasy in public.

No more hiding when reading what I liked. No more disguising the covers of my YA fantasy books. Being socially awkward and easily embarrassed in my 20’s, it would paralyze me when someone asked what I was reading and I got a condescending smirk as payment for my answer.

J. K. Rowling is one of my heroes.

I look up to her because of her courage, determination, and grace. She’s damn funny, too.

Villains are heroes in their own mirror

David Villalva’s website has this really cool infographic that got me thinking, so, of course, I have to share it.


I love, love, love the idea that the hero and villain are two sides of the same coin. Yes, that was a nerdy Two-Face reference. Good catch!

One of my most dearly held beliefs is that you need balance in writing, so your superhero needs a supervillain. It’s such a yin-and-yang concept that it satisfies my compulsion for symmetry in the best way.

It feels like the hero and the villain are literary mirror images, as though they are twins in the mind of the author. The difference between the two lies in the choices they make and the resulting actions.

Think of the original Star Trek series in which one storyline sets up an alternate universe. The original, or Good, crew is facing the darkest parts of themselves in the Evil crew. The classic Good vs. Evil scenario is freshened with the idea that the sides are essentially the same, although skewed in different directions morally.

Have you had success in your writing using this concept? Let me know what you think about it in the comments.

Story Structure Case Study of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” — Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

I love these case studies where they break down the plotting points in books we all know and love. A great way to learn the technique. Check this out!❤ In this post, I will show you the Seven Point Story Structure in a case study of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, written by […]

via Story Structure Case Study of ”Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” — Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer