Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Begin with the End in Mind

I like to avoid fads. I think it's the rebel in me. I have never read a Left Behind book, for instance.

And I am not a Harry Potter fan. I have not read any of the books, and I tried to watch the first movie but fell asleep - twice.

I did, however, find it very interesting to hear on NPR tonight while I was driving home that JK Rowling wrote the final chapter to the seventh and last Harry Potter book back in 1990, before the first book had even been accepted by a publisher.

Beginning with the end in mind is one of Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (a fad I did get into). Any way you slice it, JK Rowlings has been highly effective and successful.


Cathy said...

We were just talking about this at work yesterday.

Will Harry die at the end of book seven? I wouldn't put it past her, but don't think he does.

I did see a documentary about here a couple years ago, and she had an envelope that she kept locked up with the last sentence of book seven written on it.

courtney said...

actually, Rowling said that she based her concept of 7 books on Lewis' chronicles and then set out with the end in mind, which, in such an epic (which I am a huge fan of, I confess) you would need to have (according to my writer fans). It's that whole "I read the back of the book and we win" thing I guess