08 Jan Fiction Writing Lessons from Harry Potter
One of the ways to become a good writer is to learn from great authors. This article highlights fiction writing lessons from Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling’s award-winning series.
Fiction Writing Lessons from Harry Potter
You may be thinking – why is it J.K Rowling’s book that we chose in today’s article? Well, the reason is not far-fetched – she’s one of the best authors in the world who’s known for her series on Harry Potter – the adventure of the Wizardry world. A book on the activities of the dynamic character who grew over time throughout the novel.
Reading the novel and probably seeing the movie is a great advantage given on a platter to both young and professional writers all over. She (J. K. Rowling) explored the writing universe, and she alone did that in its totality.
Reading the novel is more like consulting in your classes on creative writing and word placement. The fantasy book series isn’t just a novel – it’s more of an exploration of the world of writing, telling, and teaching others how it should be done.
There are, however, tons of lessons to capture from the series; Harry Potter – and here, a selected few but tangible lessons explored as we read through.
These lessons are;
1. A good Plot is everything in your story
This is an important lesson to be learned – J. K. Rowling’s writing style is first, giving out the dots and finally connecting them before the end of every episode. A good plot makes writing easier while a well-planned plot makes it soar.
J. K. Rowling teaches a way to not finish your whole story in a single page or chapter. She was said to have rewritten Harry Potter several times to reconnect her story and make it what it turned out to be.
2. Your Characters mustn’t be perfect; nobody is
J. K. Rowling made sure to give Harry those perks of imperfection – She made sure Harry’s foster parents gave him a tough time at home and then the Malfoys at school. He got friends who were not equally perfect. Now, this is a beautiful lesson taught. When writing, we battle with perfectionism – here is J. K. Rowling dealing with a natural order of things, characters, human behavior, manners, and imperfection. This is more alluring than presenting a shiny armor that has bristles inside.
3. Relax while writing
I think the most difficult part of writing is relaxing your mind to get your expressions right. I ruminated over an expression and how to make the best impression on my protagonist for over an hour. It’s a huge bonus to get to know J. K. Rowling. Most times, when you find out that she has helped you solve more than half the problems you’re facing in your work – you just have to smile and bless her. Relaxation brings creativity closer to its best. Creative writing needs a relaxed mind – one can understand expressions and word placement.
4. Don’t be a perfectionist. Just make it feel right
She had a difficult time writing this great piece – maybe she was paying a huge price for other writers who are struggling too. She wrote and rewrote until her work became what it currently is. Having the urge to impress your audience is inbuilt, but a little flaw is needed. Your target audience is adults and not kids. They would try to find out those flaws if you fail to. it’s better to present verisimilitude in your work to make it more engaging and intriguing.
5. Imagination makes a good writer
This can also be called creativity. A wide range of thoughts that are well partitioned and presented, and represented in a book or graphics is indeed a good one. Getting it all figured out in your head is indeed a tough one, but getting it well-represented in a book is an assurance of success.
6. Add fun and more fun even in dead serious situations
Did you see how Harry Potter’s sad moments while at home every holiday were somehow torched with a glint I choose to call comic relief? An escape? Remember the incident with the flying car? The way Ron Weasley pulled the burglary from the window and let Harry escape just when he was about to be sunk in?
All these scenarios bring glee to sunken states and make the audience intrigued and hold firm their grip on the book. It is just a beautiful and good read. I am yet to read the critics of this work. I will find some anyway. There always will be.
Written by Collins Ugwu
Edited and Reviewed by Chinyere Nwosu