It’s not uncommon for aspiring authors to turn to their favorite writers for valuable advice — about writing or otherwise.
Lucky for J.K. Rowling‘s 10 million Twitter followers on Monday morning, the Harry Potter author — who isn’t shy about her humble beginnings, even discussing them in a Harvard University commencement speech — sent out a series of tweets encouraging future writers. The tweet-thread was inspired by fellow writer, Beauty Jackson, who’d been offering some advice of her own.
“Hey! You! You’re working on something and you’re thinking, ‘Nobody’s gonna watch, read, listen.’ Finish it anyway,” tweeted Jackson.
Rowling then retweeted the nugget of wisdom and added, “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.”
She continued: “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.)”
The author behind Robert Galbraith went on to say, “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. That is an extraordinarily empowering piece of knowledge. So do not ever quit out of fear of rejection.”
Rowling finally concluded, “Maybe your third, fourth, fiftieth song/novel/painting will be the one that ‘makes it’, that wins the plaudits ut you’d never have got there without finishing the others (all of which will now be of more interest to your audience.)”
You can read her tweets below: