J.K. Rowling on Her Success, Writing, Creativity, and Depression

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Today’s episode features J.K. Rowling. A British Novelist and Screenwriter who wrote the Harry Potter series. She shot to fame in 2001 after the first novel from the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was made into a film. The success of the release ultimately led to the remaining 6 novels in the series also being made into films–and hugely successful ones at that.

Her life story is typically represented as the ‘rags to riches’ type. Many failures, bouts with depression, and a string of different jobs: these are just glimpses into the difficult life she lived before her first novel was accepted by a publishing house in London in 1996–before that it had been rejected by 12 different publishers. The rest, as they say is history.

Over the years she’s won a host of prestigious awards, including honourany degrees from St Andrews University, the University of Edinbrugh, and Harvard. In 2001 she was awarded an OBE for “her services to children’s Literature.” And in 2011 she became honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

Her latest work involved writing the screenplay for the movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (a supplement to the Harry Potter series which she wrote in 2001). Just before its release in November 2016, Rowling announced it was the first of a five-film series–the second of which, is due in 2018.

Anyway, enough of me; now its time for a few words of advice from the women herself. Seen as she is a writer, and most of her speeches and interviews given over the years have been about writing, it is almost impossible to separate writing from what follows. As you’ll here, however, what she says does not apply only to writing, but any artistic endeavour, and everyday life in general.

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