Alim Kheraj
April 03, 2017 4:09 am

We’re all familiar with her rise to fame as one of the most popular authors in living memory (or perhaps history), but J.K. Rowling recently shared some writing advice on Twitter, and it’s actually a super inspiring mantra on how to live your life.

We already know that Rowling is one of the most inspiring people on the planet. Not only is she author of the biggest literary phenomenon of all time, Harry Potter, but she’s also partial to dishing out sage advice on social media and fighting for important causes that are near and dear to her heart.

Now, in a string of tweets, Rowling has dished out some more advice, and this time it’s all about embracing your creativity.

The story of how Rowling fought to write and publish Harry Potter is the stuff of modern legend, and now the prolific author has shared some pearls of wisdom to anyone embarking on a creative endeavor.

The move came after Rowling saw a tweet that clearly left a lasting impression on her. The tweet read, “HEY! YOU! You’re working on something and you’re thinking ‘Nobody’s gonna watch, read, listen’. Finish it anyway.”

Sharing the message, Rowling decided to add her own experiences into the mix and if you’re creatively inclined, it may inspire you to carry on and keep working on whatever it is that you’re working on.

“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,” Rowling began.

“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. (And by the way, just because it didn’t find an audience, that doesn’t mean it’s bad work.)” 

Continuing, she added, “The discipline involved in finishing a piece of creative work is something on which you can truly pride yourself. 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 you’ll know you can do it again.”

"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 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," she continued. "Maybe your third, fourth, fiftieth song/novel/painting will be the one that 'makes it', that wins the plaudits, but you'd never have got there without finishing the others (all of which will now be of more interest to your audience."

See Rowling’s tweets below.

As the story goes, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Sorcerer’s Stone in the U.S.) was rejected 12 (!) times before a publisher took a chance on Rowling’s manuscript. The series of seven novels has since gone on to sell over 500 million copies worldwide, and launched one of the most lucrative franchises in movie history.

Seeing someone like Rowling share her incredible story and give out advice to burgeoning writers, artists, filmmakers, and creatives is even more inspiring because it comes from a place of personal experience.

And hey, who knows: You might have the next Harry Potter stored away somewhere just waiting to come out…

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