The quixotic JK Rowling

I haven’t read a single volume from the Harry Potter series and I probably won’t, but that doesn’t mean I don’t take a keen interest in what JK Rowling has to say. If anyone knows about struggling as a writer – as a human being for that matter – it’s Rowling. I recently watched her Harvard Commencement Address titled “The fringe benefits of failure and the importance of Imagination” and urge anyone interested in a career in writing to listen to it. I am an advocate for paying attention to other writer’s counsel, no matter what their accomplishments, but it is especially reassuring to hear a successful writer speak so candidly of her own experiences with failure and the misery it fostered. I say this, not out of resentment for her success, but out of a sense of hopefulness and perhaps even pride that a fellow scribbler has made it so good despite the adversity.

A transcript of the speech is also available, but it is worth watching the speech. Rowling’s initial nervousness adds to her charm, which deepens the importance of her words.


About Sharon

Writer, bibliophile, dreamer and student of everything
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2 Responses to The quixotic JK Rowling

  1. Interesting post. I notice you’re from Australia. Me too.

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