10 Apr

Know More : How Famous Authors got Ideas for their Books.

By AaizaSaleem, Rawalpindi

J.K. Rowling

She got the idea of her legendary all time favoriteHarry Potter series (as I am simply in love with them too!) while she was at Kings Cross Station in London. Thankfully, her train got delayed and she merely had nothing to do, THAT was the moment when she got the idea of books. She didn’t have a pen that worked and was too shy to ask anyone. She says, ‘I did not have a functioning pen with me, but I do think that this was probably a good thing. I simply sat and thought, for four hours, while all the details bubbled up in my brain, and this scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who didn’t know he was a wizard became more and more real to me.’ Amazing huh?

Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan wrote bedtime stories for his kids, which were mostly about Greek mythology. Initially, he thought of a bedtime story about a boy named Percy Jackson but then he decided to make a novel that other children will love as well; and the idea worked; we all did end up loving the Percy Jackson series!

Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney didn’t grow up wanting to be a children’s author. His dream was to become a newspaper cartoonist, but he wasn’t able to get his comic strips syndicated so he tried something new. When he came up with the idea for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, a story about a middle-school weakling named Greg Heffley; he worked really hard and gave it for publishing. The series became an instant hit as pre-teens & teens could relate to it very often. This idea was much better than being a newspaper cartoonist!


Suzanne Collins

She got the idea of the thrilling Hunger Games when she was channel surfing between reality TV programs and actual war coverage. She says ‘on one channel, there’s a group of young people competing for I don’t even know; and on the next, there’s a group of young people fighting in an actual war. I was really tired, and the lines between these stories started to blur in a very unsettling way. That’s the moment when Katniss’s story came to me.’


Stephanie Meyer

Stephanie Meyer got the idea of the Twilight saga from a dream. She says,‘I woke up from a very vivid dream. In my dream, two people were having an intense conversation in a meadow in the woods. One of these people was just an average girl. The other person was fantastically beautiful, sparkly, and a vampire. They were discussing the difficulties inherent in the facts that they were falling in love with each other while the vampire was particularly attracted to the scent of her blood, and was having a difficult time restraining himself from killing her immediately.’

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