Writers’ Wisdom

Having downloaded her “Go Set a Watchman” last night for my long bus trip home to Pa. tonight, I thought it would be fitting to have a Harper Lee quote today.

I read “Watchman” predecessor “To Kill a Mockingbird” a few months back for the very first time and while I know this new one has everyone all fired up because Atticus Finch may no longer be the civil rights hero we all made him out to be all these years, I’m looking forward to forming my own opinion about the work, especially after reading so many other reviews.

I bet this quote is, maybe more than ever, quite poignant to Lee today as it was when she said it to Writer’s Digest in 1961 — which horrifically (and kinda funnily) named her as the author of “To Kill a Hummingbird!” Hummingbird!

(theguardian.com photo)

(theguardian.com photo)

“I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.”
Harper Lee



About nikkimmascali

I am an editor, writer and New Yorker who has ink for blood and the blog name + tattoo to prove it. Also of note: I follow more dogs than people on Instagram. This is my blog about reading, writing and absolutely no 'rithmetic because I am horrendous at math.
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