How J.K. Rowling Created the Incredible World of Harry Potter

How J.K. Rowling Created the Incredible World of Harry Potter

This is an excerpt from the new book The Creative Curve: How to Develop the Right Idea, at the Right Time by Allen Gannett.     It was 1990.   J. K. Rowling was stuck on the train from Manchester to London. The train was delayed, and it was looking less and less likely she’d reach London on time. Her mind started to wander. Then, as she later told The New York Times, “It was the most incredible feeling… out of nowhere, it just fell from above.” Suddenly the ideas for the characters inhabiting a magical world began filling her …

The Secret Behind 1.5 Million Romance Novels Sold

The Secret Behind 1.5 Million Romance Novels Sold

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This is an excerpt from the new book The Creative Curve by Allen Gannett.   Beverly Jenkins was nine years old when she started walking the fifteen blocks to the Mark Twain Library at the corner of Gratiot Avenue and Burns Street on the east side of Detroit.   Growing up poor and the oldest of seven children, early on she discovered that books were a great means of escape. “Books could take you all over the world,” she told me. “They could show you other people. They could show you other places. We were poor economically, but not in …