On this day in history, 2001, the first Harry Potter movie opened in the U.S. You can read about it here. The journey of Harry’s creator, J.K. Rowling, is an inspiring tale of highs and lows, rejection and acceptance. Rowling continues to be a voice of inspiration for children and adults all over the world, and her books serve as a reminder of the joy that literature and magic can bring to all generations.
When I read that today was the Potter movie anniversary, it got me thinking about my own journey as an author. I wrote and wrote and wrote and tried and tried and tried, and really had a hard time finding a voice and an outlet for my books. Eventually, my path crossed with a man who said a few sentences to me and turned everything around. Unstuck years of fighting. Empowered me to take a path I didn’t even know existed. You can read more about that in The Nobody Bible.
Since its publication in March, The Nobody Bible has won some awards and received a nice reception. Like many indie authors, I’d like to get my book out there a bit more and to spread my message of spirit and diversity further, but I’m sure that’ll happen in time. In the meantime, I look to authors like J.K. Rowling for inspiration — authors who struggled (and still struggle) to produce manuscripts and find a voice so they can share with others.
If you haven’t watched the Harry Potter films in a while, take another look. Live the wizarding life for a while. Take an adventure that will stand the test of time. And, when you finally get to the end of the series and the popcorn is gone, pull out an old manuscript that you were working on, and dust it off. Take another crack at it. Sprinkle some of the magic that only you possess, and see what happens.
Who knows? You may just find yourself on a journey most only take in their dreams.