Serious Writing

Harper Lee is a novelist best known for her Pulitzer Prize winning work, To Kill a Mockingbird. In documenting her life, Charles Shields records these words from Lee about about the writing task [Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee (Henry Holt, 2006) p. 258]:

“To be a serious writer requires discipline that is iron fisted. It’s sitting down and doing it whether you think you have it in you or not. Everyday. Alone. Without interruption. Contrary to what most people think, there is not glamour to writing. In fact, it’s heartbreak most of the time.”

2 thoughts on “Serious Writing

  1. I’m a doctor, and write physician bluegrass fiction.

    Writing is not a matter of life or death; it’s a lot more serious than that.

    Dr. B, author, “The Mandolin Case”

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