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Published on July 23rd, 2011 | by Julia

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Could You Be the Next J.K. Rowling?

J.K. Rowling was first inspired to write the Harry Potter series in 1990 while on a four-hour-delayed train trip from Manchester to London. She says “it started with Harry, then all these characters and situations came flooding into my head.”

By 1995, the first manuscript was complete. After that? Seven Potter publications hitting record sales, eight blockbusters and a whole world in Potter-mania. Not to mention video games, trading cards, and even candy (bertie bott, anybody?).

And it all started with one great character.

There are countless elements to consider when creating a story (and even more when you’re embarking on a 7-novel excursion, with 4 of the books topping 600 pages – gulp!). Here are some things to think about to get your imagination going:

Character: who is your main character? What does he/she want?

Conflict: What/who gets in the way of your character getting what he/she wants?

Setting: What is their world?

We’ll talk about character next time!

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