I am the only person who has ever been able to define a draft manuscript, says J.K. Rowling, creator of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and the co-author of The Philosopher’s Stone.
She was recently at the LA Film Festival, where she was asked what she thought about the current publishing landscape.
“It’s an odd way of thinking, because the idea is that everyone wants a piece of paper to write on,” she said.
“That’s what we do, so it’s nice to be able to put something out there that you can write on.”
She was not able to answer my question about what she thinks about how to define the title of a book.
“If someone comes up to me and says, ‘How do I define the term book?
What are you thinking about?
What is it that you’re trying to define?’
I’m not interested in what they say.
It’s a waste of my time.
It is what I do.
I just write whatever I want to write,” Rowling said.
She said the word “draft” is not in her vocabulary, but it’s not too difficult to define it.
“The first time I was thinking about this, I thought about it, and I think, ‘That’s a very difficult thing to do,'” she said, adding that she was inspired by a conversation with her daughter, who had the same experience.
“I have a lot of great stories and great ideas, and it’s the idea that it is the right thing to write that is the real joy.”
Rowling was speaking about a conversation she had with her own daughter, Emma, who was diagnosed with cancer and was told she could never write.
“She said to me, ‘Mom, I just want to say to you that you are the most important person in my life,’ and I said, ‘Dad, I am not a person.
I am just a book.'”
She continued: “And then I think of all the other people, all the people that love you, and how amazing it is that you do that.
And it’s really a wonderful thing.
It doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t need to be like, ‘Oh, that’s perfect.’
But you know, I don’t know, there’s nothing wrong with that.
It just means that you put something into your head that you know is the correct one.”
Rowling said she is not trying to dictate what a book should look like.
“What’s wrong with a manuscript is not that I can’t decide, ‘This is the perfect manuscript.’
It’s just that I don, and what you are going to do is give it to your editor, and then you are not going to know what you’re going to write until you get the manuscript.”