She may be most famous for her own writing, but it turns out J.K. Rowling gives advice to authors every bit as beautifully as she writes books. On Monday morning, Rowling typed up a super-motivating Twitter thread full of her advice to budding writers — and it will make you want to grab a pen and paper straight away. After all, there may be tons of ways to define success, but however you measure it, we can all agree that J.K. Rowling's achieved it — in a big way.
After seeing a tweet that encouraged hopeful writers to finish their passion projects without worrying about what people would think of them, J.K. hopped in to add her own words of wisdom. The gist of her advice is this: keep writing what you're writing. Even if nobody ever reads it, you're learning something all the time. Whatever you're writing now will make your next project even better. Just because it doesn't get published doesn't mean that it wasn't any good. And of course, there's always a chance that it will get published.
Rowling referred back to her own struggles in the early '90s, when she was working on the manuscript that, as we all love to remember, would go on to be rejected 12 times. Of course, that rejected manuscript turned out to be Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone — and the rest is history. Now, if that isn't the most inspirational story that's ever been told, I don't know what is.
HEY! YOU! You're working on something and you're thinking "Nobody's gonna watch, read, listen." Finish it anyway.— Y'assssssss Al Ghul (@beauty_jackson) April 2, 2017
There were so many times in the early 90s when I needed somebody to say this to me. It's great advice for many reasons. https://t.co/tiGpAOb4Fh— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 3, 2017
Even if it isn't the piece of work that finds an audience, it will teach you things you could have learned no other way.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 3, 2017
(And by the way, just because it didn't find an audience, that doesn't mean it's bad work.)— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 3, 2017
The discipline involved in finishing a piece of creative work is something on which you can truly pride yourself.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 3, 2017
You'll have turned yourself from somebody who's 'thinking of', who 'might', who's 'trying', to someone who DID. And once you've done it...— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 3, 2017
... you'll know you can do it again. That is an extraordinarily empowering piece of knowledge. So do not ever quit out of fear of rejection.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 3, 2017
Maybe your third, fourth, fiftieth song/novel/painting will be the one that 'makes it', that wins the plaudits...— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 3, 2017
... but you'd never have got there without finishing the others (all of which will now be of more interest to your audience.)— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 3, 2017
I've been writing for the entirety of my life, and I still clock in as a legal secretary every day. It's not about "being what I want."— Y'assssssss Al Ghul (@beauty_jackson) April 3, 2017