JK Rowling is an international treasure. Perhaps the most renowned author of our generation (certainly the most successful), she serves as an inspiration for countless writers. Many of us dream of writing a series as culturally transformative as Harry Potter. Others simply want to keep telling their stories without any thought of publishing. Either way, there’s a lot we can learn from JK Rowling. She knows a thing or two about writing, especially when it comes to strength and perseverance. Continue reading 5 Brilliant Quotes on Writing from JK Rowling
To me, there’s nothing more important than good characterization. That doesn’t mean characters have to be good, necessarily, but they do need to elicit a strong, emotional response in the reader. There needs to be a human connection, which can only happen when you show your characters’ humanity. They need both light and darkness, flaws and fears and strengths and everything in between. They need to be complex, sometimes paradoxical, never purely black or white.
Simplicity is overrated. Perfection is boring. The very best, most memorable characters are raw and messy and complicated. Most importantly? They’re real.