J.K Rowling Overcame the IMPOSSIBLE
J.K Rowling is armed with a lot of magic and also one of the most inspirational success stories of our time.
Joanne Rowling was a passenger on a delayed train from Manchester to London, it was here she had a “fully-formed” vision of young Harry Potter.
“I saw Harry! I could see him very clearly – this scrawny little boy. And it was the most physical rush of excitement…It was the same feeling that you get when you meet someone new and feel as if you have found the person you are going to spend the rest of your life with.”
However it would be years before the spell-binding book would change the literary world when Rowling’s mother passed away, casting her into a deep grieving depression.
Rowling took a job teaching English in Portugal, where she was married and had a baby daughter, Jessica. The marriage ended abruptly and Rowling found herself moving to Edinburgh, with her newborn and three chapters in her suitcase.
After seven years of graduating, J.K Rowling saw herself as a failure. “By every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew.” She was a jobless, divorced, single mother living off benefits describing her economic status, as being “poor as it is possible to be in Modern Britain, without being homeless”.
The constant battle with her health, well-being and caring for a child questioned Rowling’s tenacity to continue writing.
“I had to fight my realistic side. I was a first time author, so of course I was going to struggle to get published. And just because I thought the story was great, didn’t mean anyone else would. To muster the willpower to keep writing, I had to truly believe in Harry. I knew he was bigger than me. I knew I had to do right by this book.”
Rowling sent Harry Potter to twelve of the best names in publishing and it was rejected by every single one. Bloomsbury gave Rowling the green light for her book, but it came with a warning – Rowling was told to get a day job as she wouldn’t make any money writing children’s books. How wrong were they?
When Harry struck the shelves it was an instant hit, gaining immense popularity and commercial success worldwide. So huge that US publishers were duelling over the rights. Scholastic publishing bought the rights for $105,000, more than they have paid ANY author ever.
Through her remarkable focus, J.K Rowling became a best selling author with a real “rags to riches” story, citing inspiration from her turbulent journey which we can lose ourselves in, page by page.
By Lois-Amber Toole