Before the Harry Potter 7 craze fades, I wanted to create an "especially for writer's" list of what we learned from reading her books. Below is my list. If you have something you'd like to add, PLEASE comment. It can only help us become better writers if we learn from the "greats."
(Note: This list is in no particular order.)
1-Size isn't as important as Story. This was a BIG revelation to me, because prior to HP, I had attended one or two writer's conferences where editors stressed the importance of keeping children's books within a certain page range, and at that time, the page range was relatively small because readers literally "measured a book's spine to see which one was the smallest."
2-We MUST know the end before we write the beginning.
3-I discovered I enjoy reading well-written fantasy.
4-A book doesn't have to be "perfect" to be compelling; i.e., I'm sure we've all seen a few grammatical, etc., mistakes, but did that stop anyone from reading the books?
5-Even reluctant readers can be "caught" by a good book.
6-Everyone loves a REAL hero. By real, I mean one we want to emulate because he is inherently good.
7-Your readers will hate you if you kill your hero. I know this, because I had those feelings.
8-Once readers are hooked, they're hooked--but never, NEVER let them down.
9-Creativity is as important as Structure.
Okay, now who has number 10?