Whenever I begin to worry too much about goals, and success, and output, and all that, I remind myself: Harper Lee.
Harper Lee wrote a novel.
It was her first novel.
She was past thirty years old when To Kill A Mockingbird was published in 1960. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961. In 1999, it was voted “Best Novel of the Century” in a Library Journal poll.
She began another novel, but never finished it.
She published some essays, but never published any more fiction at all.
Yet I defy anyone to say Harper Lee is not a writer.
Tune in tomorrow for a guest post from Andrea Barra, PhD candidate in Sociology: “Romance, Academia, and Me.” She’s researching and writing about romance and the romance community.
Related post: The Desire to Publish.