"Harry Potter is about confronting fears, finding inner strength and doing what is right in the face of adversity. Twilight is about how important it is to have a boyfriend."
Every writer gets asked the question, “How long have you been writing?”
Most writers say something like, “Since I could hold a pencil,” or “Since I knew may alphabet,” or “I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing,” or even “I wrote my first manuscript at age ten, which was 50,000 words. It was terrible, but my next manuscript had multiple offers.”
Or something like that.
That was NOT me.
Those of you have
been bored by followed my blog for any length of time know that I didn’t let myself write until I was *cough* older. I thought you had to be BORN as a great writer. Since I wasn’t a prodigy, I wasn’t meant to be a writer.
I just had to ignore the story ideas.
And I did, for the most part.
I’ve mentioned before that I HATE bandwagons. I still haven’t seen Titanic.
Anyway, when I heard grown men and women were reading a series of children’s books with the name Harry Potter – not only reading them, but actually anticipating the next one – I felt sorry for them.
Then my first-grade son wanted me to read the books.
Fine. If I must. (I’m a
judgmental good mother.)
Sometimes my husband read instead of me. I’d
grill ask my husband what I’d missed. Then my son went through a streak of having my husband read.
I started picking the book up to read on my own. (Hypocrite.)
Then I hit a roadblock. I had to wait for the rest of the series to be written with everyone else.
For the midnight sale of the last book, my son dressed up. My son wore his Gryffindor costume. I saw adults dress too. With a pang, I wished I’d dressed.
Didn't I swear I'd never be one of those people?
Who had I become?
I’m not going to analyze J.K. Rowling’s series for what she does right. It’s the best series I’ve ever read. Few books leave me as satisfied as they do. No other book or books makes me wish I lived in the fictional world as much as the Harry Potter books do.
“Turned 11. Didn’t get Hogwarts letter.” – PickleTail12 in Six Word Memoirs.
And no other author made me grab my laptop and write an entire book in 6 weeks.
It was a
Harry Potter rip off valiant first attempt. But it got me reading more. It got me interested in fantasy. And it got me writing children’s books.
Once I started writing, I couldn’t stop. I’ve been writing for 5 years. When I’m not writing, I’m often
obsessing thinking about writing. If I’m in the midst of a manuscript, I can’t even listen to people talking to me because of the voices in my head carry on like normal. And I never slept so badly because these same voices demand to be heard in the middle of the night well once I began writing.
So, thank you J.K. Rowling. Without you, I wouldn’t be the well-adjusted writer I am today.
And thank you for letting this practical person believe in magic.
As for the last movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II, I haven’t seen it yet. It has something to do with traveling and forgetting costumes. I don’t want to talk about it.
Maybe I don’t want it all to end.
Writers, which author(s) inspired you and why?
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