Tracy S. Morris

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Success Principles You Can Learn From J.K. Rowling

Written By: Tracy - Jun• 12•15

I stopped blogging writing advice a while ago, because there are so many writers who blog about writing that I felt that I had nothing new or original to contribute. 

But a few weeks ago my husband asked me to give a talk to a business team about J.K. Rowling.  

I think the decision to ask me went something like this: 

“We need someone to talk about J.K. Rowling and Success.  Who would be good for that?”

“I think Godsey’s wife writes fantasy.  She might know something about that.”  

So with note cards in hand, I talked to a bunch of professional types about wizards and broomstick footsockbasecricketsport.  

But what I really talked about was J.K. Rowling as a writer.  Here are my notes:  

If I asked you to name a famous writer, you probably said JK Rowling.  

JK Rowling’s Success Principles. 

1. Get Started – it took her 7years to finish working on the First Harry Potter book. During that time, her mother died, and she was a single parent living on public assistance. She had a lot of distractions in her life, but she didn’t let them stop her.  

2. Keep your goals in front of you, begin with the end in mind, have a plan. – One of the first scenes she wrote was the final scene of the last book. When you are a writer, the first third of the book is the easiest to write, because it’s all so new. Then comes the “muddy middle,” when it feels like writing is an uphill slog. Rowling’s had a goal, the end of the book. As she wrote, she never lost sight of her goal.  

3. Don’t quit – Harry Potter and the Philosophers stone was rejected by twelve publishing houses before Bloomsbury accepted it for publication. If Rowling had given up after her first rejection, the entire Young Adult Novel industry would never have been born. 

4. Set new goals – shortly after the end of her Harry Potter series, Rowling wrote The Casual Vacancy. She also started a new mystery series under a different pen name. Whenever you achieve a goal, you need to set a new goal to strive for. 

With that being said, I had a goal tonight of not taking up too much time. I’ve achieved that goal. So my next goal is to get back to my seat without falling on my face.  Thank you all for listening. 

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