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“Turn their laughter into fuel” J.K. Rowling offers inspiring advice to young writers

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J.K. Rowling has offered some words of wisdom to aspiring writers who are facing adversity.

On Saturday morning, the 50-year-old author was approached by a young Egyptian writer on Twitter who said she felt discouraged by misogynist attitudes towards female writers in her country.

“You inspired me to write,” she said on the social network. “However, in Egypt, girls can't do anything freely as boys. They laugh at me when I say I am a writer.”

Rowling responded with the tweet below, saying she should turn the laughter from her critics into fuel. 

The young woman said she was “dizzy with happiness” from Rowling's reply and that “Egypt, maybe I should say Egypt's ignorant people, had discouraged us for so many years. It's time to stand up.”

Later that day Rowling was approached by another aspiring writer seeking her advice. They wrote: “My dream is to be a writer, but my parents always say that this is not a worthy profession, what I do to change this?”

The author, who faced financial struggles as a single mother while writing the first book in the Harry Potter series, replied with the following inspiring tweet:

Rowling has a history of shutting down myriad Twitter trolls and inspiring her fans on Twitter from defending Serena Williams after she was body shamed to offering advice to someone who was struggling to find meaning in their life.

The author has also offered countless tips on writing in her career, one being that: “(The) first few pages bear no resemblance to anything in the finished book. You have to resign yourself to the fact that you waste a lot of trees before you write anything you really like, and that’s just the way it is. It’s like learning an instrument, you’ve got to be prepared for hitting wrong notes occasionally, or quite a lot, cause I wrote an awful lot before I wrote anything I was really happy with.”

She also says budding authors should try to write in whatever time they have - “Sometimes you have to get your writing done in spare moments here and there” - and should take responsibility for their own careers - “There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.”

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