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Rowling: why no paper?

The Harry Potter author says the writing is going fine despite one annoying obstacle: Lack of paper.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2006 15:54 IST

J K Rowling, well into her seventh and final Harry Potter book, says the writing is going fine despite one annoying obstacle: the lack of paper.

"Why is it so difficult to buy paper in the middle of town?" the author, a resident of Edinburgh, Scotland, lamented in a diary entry posted today on her Web site.

"What is a writer who likes to write longhand supposed to do when she hits her stride and then realises, to her horror, that she has covered every bit of blank paper in her bag? Forty-five minutes it took me, this morning, to find somewhere that would sell me some normal, lined paper. And there's a university here! What do the students use? Don't tell me laptops, it makes me feel like something out of the eighteenth century."

Rowling also reported that she had recently visited the Leavesden Studios in London, where the next Potter film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, is being made.

"It was exciting to see some of the new Order of the Phoenix sets, but most of all to see the actors again - slightly unnerving to realise that nearly all of them are taller than me now," she wrote.

First Published: Apr 06, 2006 12:23 IST