J.K. Rowling's Struggle With Writer's Block



the first chapter of Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix appeared in 20 German magazines a full month before the official publication to raise money for the homeless in London 4,000 children attended a reading in the Royal Albert Hall with a webcast beamed to millions JK also answered questions from her fans if I could have any power I would have the power of invisibility and this is a little bit sad but I probably would sneak off to cafe and write all day but in 2003 there were other things taking up her time right at this point I'm not getting a lot of sleep because I just had a baby so this is all slightly surreal but tonight I get to have a drink for the first time in quite a long time and I may have several drinks after this once this is over I think I voted at 900 pages the Phoenix was the longest Harry book to date the three-year break since Goblet of Fire raised some suspicions that the author was suffering from writer's block JK admitted that she had felt the pressure and had even contemplated breaking her own arm to get out of writing book number 6 Harry Potter and the half-blood Prince was released worldwide mid July 2005 as usual the launch was heavily stage-managed secrecy was paramount even for the book illustrator but from JK Rowling I think there's only about two people in the country who have read the book so far I've been given a few snippets of information just help me with a cover and I'm glad I don't know more because so the responsibility of that I don't think I could handle the publishers were ready for what they anticipated would be booming business the Harry Potter phenomenon is bigger than ever scholastic is printed ten point eight million copies filling over six hundred trucks which are on their way to retailers and those retailers across the country are planning over five thousand midnight parties for the fans and the fans they are counting down until 12:01 a.m. on July 16th in Canada a bookshop inadvertently released the book early and a small number was bought by the public the books Canadian publisher subsequently won a court order to prevent the lucky customers from spilling the beans and spoiling the plot for the millions of readers who had to wait a few more days to get their copy in New York and cities all around the world fans lined up for hours to be the first to get their hands on the new Harry Potter book many of them dressed for the occasion this is going to be the biggest selling book in the history of book selling and if Barnes & Noble we already have over 1 million pre-orders for this book it's unbelievable in Scotland JK thrilled a group of children with a personal reading of midnight in an 11th century Castle the children had won a competition to report on the book launch to their local newspapers the penultimate book in the series broke all sales records selling 9 million copies in the first 24 hours at a charity reading in 2006 with fellow writers Stephen King and John Irving JK revealed her thoughts about coming to the end of the series and the prospect of killing off certain characters I understand why an author would kill a character from the point of view of not allowing others to continue writing after the original Thor is dead I don't always enjoy killing my characters I didn't enjoy killing the character who died at the end of book 6 I'm being discreet just in case anyone hasn't finished the book I really didn't enjoy doing that but I had been planning that for years so as John says it wasn't quite as poignant as you might imagine I'd already done my grieving when I actually came to write for fans it was devastating but JK felt the satisfaction of a job well done when the final Harry Potter book hit the bookshelves on the 21st of July 2007 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows became the fastest-selling book of all time clocking up a staggering tally of 11 million copies in its first day of release in the UK and US the end of the long journey proved emotional for the author it was this amazing cathartic moment at the end of 17 years work and that was that was just hard too hard to deal with her about a week and it was and it's very much tied into things that I've done in my life for 17 years so it brought back a lot of memories of what I've been going on in my life when I started writing in 2007 the film version of Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix was released directed by David Yates JK continued to take a hands-on approach to the films and her involvement was much appreciated by the young actors she's lovely you know Jo's just she's one which is a great person to be around and you know she ain't that on one level you're sort of sitting there being really cool and sort of thinking you know we're just chatting cuz we know her John and the other part of you is going she wrote the books this is incredible I'm talking to Canora tell you anything at all because each film is part of an ongoing series the actors were occasionally privy to hush-hush information about later installments it was a heavy burden to bear I went down to the set and Dan and I had a long chat and it was great you know we weren't I was talking about the crook and yeah and I said to him missus you in the writing of hallows and I said to him Dumbledore's giving me a bit of trouble I thought I'd take his break for a day and come down and see Cu and he said but Dumbledore's dead and then he immediately said don't tell me don't tell me done panicked and then then apparently after I'd left left he he went down the corridor to the other kids because they were still doing schools at the time and he said she's told me I know what happens well of course then he then he was besieged and then he started to panic and it's exactly like being me so serves him right you know when pressed about her future plans JK admitted that a change of pace was called for but I think probably I've done my fantasy I think because Harry's world was so large and detailed I've known it so well and I've lived in it for 17 years it would be incredibly difficult to go out and create another world that didn't in some way you know overlap with Harrah's or maybe borrow a little too much from Harry's so I think fantasy wise I'm I'm probably done

30 thoughts on “J.K. Rowling's Struggle With Writer's Block

  1. I bet she do have writer's block when Matt Groening is confirming she never even wrote Harry Potter. See "The Book Job" of the Simpsons

  2. I also have J. K. Rowling's recent novel (probably her latest novel) THE CASUAL VACANCY, Little Brown/hachette INDIA, hardbound, 503 pages, ₹850

  3. I have all novels in the Harry Potter series, I think. (They are all based on Me The Top Magician.) – G

  4. I wanted to hear about her struggle with writer's block…I didn't hear much about that in this video. Very disappointed.

  5. Daniel Radcliffe and "Harry' are fortunate to have an author who cared about her star character the way Ms. Rowling did.

  6. I'm so glad I was born in time to be a kid when her books were coming out. A happy and exciting time to be a literate child <3

  7. She took a fucking witch school, flying lessons, inspiration for some teachers yeah what the hell, so what. Now you tell me where the hell Platform 9 3/4 , the golden Snitch or Quidditch for that matter, Diagon Alley, the Nimbus 2000, Voldemort, Death eaters, dementors, Hagrid etc.etc.etc. come from???????? Did she steal that aswel? Nitwits.

  8. PEOPLE ARE SO BITTER AHAHAHAHAHA.
    I can't believe this comment section. 
    Wizards and witches are nodbodies idea, they have been around for thousands of years. And obviously, you have to get fucking inspiration from fucking somewhere. You go write the most successful book series ever and get back at me. Ya bunch of fucking trolls.

  9. Thumbed down for a lying title.

    Why did you lie that she ever had writers block? She says that she has never had it.

  10. I don't think writers block exist… You either overthinking or over analyzing your story.

  11. #Clickbait #FakeNews about writer's block. This is just a re-hash/overview of the phenom surrounding the release of each book in the series.

  12. Other than the journalist, I didn't hear anything about 'writer's block'. I just saw an incredibly talented lady talking about her writing journey.

  13. Why are you people so bitter about her success? Is it because it didn't happen to you? She was turned down by twelve different publishers and never expected to become wealthy. If some answers sound rehearsed, it is probably because she received media training like any other person who becomes famous does. Honestly, I don't think I'd waste seven minutes of my life watching a video about someone I dislike.

  14. Wait, done with fantasy? What about science fiction? (at least soft science fiction) Or is that the same for her? She said she will write for kids again, but for me, kids' books, or at least YA books, that are about mundane things in life, or mundane things that turns into crazy comedy, but at least still grounded in reality, doesn't really work, unless it's a movie or show – I don't know why. I am just saddened to hear her say that; that's all, because I think she might do a really amazing job on more fantasy stories, or a science fiction one, which aren't like Harry Potter. Of course now she has Pottermore and a movie (Fantastic Beasts), and that is fantasy, but that does overlap with Harry's world, like she said. There has to be other ideas for stories in that genre though, because how else could we explain the thousands of other fantasy books, movies and shows coming out that are nothing like Harry Potter or that world? But it is her stories and as such her choice of course.

  15. Never had a damn thing published and then suddenly…. whoosh… proud owner of Harry Potter. Where did she get it?

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