8 Things Harry Potter Taught Me About Good Writing


Prawn And Quartered

Why Are You Worrying about You-Know-Who?
You SHOULD Be Worrying About
the Constipation Sensation That’s Gripping the Nation!

~from “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

As November winds down, so does both NaNoWriMo and my re-encounter with the entire Harry Potter series. My novel might be as dead as Nearly Headless Nick by now, but I’ve enjoyed catching up and reliving the adventures of The Boy Who Lived. Listening to the books on audio, read by the incomparable Jim Dale, I’ve also learned a few things about the writer’s craft. I don’t expect to be the next J.K. Rowling (it would be great, but, like winning the lottery, I’m not betting the farm on it.) In fact, going back through the books has been like getting an entire course for free. And I’d rather get that than an entire box of Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes products, which is saying…

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