Thursday, July 17, 2008

Inspiration Striking

It was extraordinary, because I had never planned to write for children. Harry came to me immediately, as did the school and a few of the characters such as Nearly Headless Nick, the ghost whose head is not quite cut off. The train was delayed, and for hours I sat there thinking and thinking and thinking....The irony is I almost always have pen and paper; I write all the time. And on this one occasion when I had the idea of my life, I didn't have a pen. For four hours my head was buzzing. It was probably the best thing, because I ended up working the whole thing out before I got off the train.

- J.K. Rowling, recalling when she was caught in a railway car between Manchester and London in 1980.

[Source: "Eureka," an article by Mathew Honan and Nick Waplington in Wired, April 2008.]


At 8:24 AM, Anonymous Jeff said...

Although we have a sense of immediacy when it comes to writing things down, I've learned to let things simmer a bit. The original thought may be the meat, but you need time to develop the flavor. So although I myself might commit pen to paper on the spot, still takes me a while to convert it to bits and bytes. The original base ingredients are there but how they've changed....

At 8:21 AM, Blogger Michael Wade said...


You're right. That simmering process can be crucial. The thought needs time to form. I like that "develop the flavor."


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