To Kill a Mockingbird

The literary world is buzzing with the news that Harper Lee’s book, Go Set a Watchman, will be released this July.  HarperCollins will print two million copies.

Mr. Nurnberg, Lee’s agent for international rights said, “This isn’t the sequel. This is the parent to ‘Mockingbird.’ ”

Since this was her first draft of Too Kill a Mockingbird, it will be her words without editorial input.  In Go Set a Watchman, Scout is twenty years older.  We’ll discover what she’s like as a grownup.

Since Mockingbird has been one of my favorite books, I’ll read Watchman no matter what the reviews say.  As a Lee fan, I feel protective of this 88 year-old author.  Will she be judged harshly?  Will people take into account it’s a first draft?  Has she agreed to this, or since charges of elder abuse have occurred with her in the past, has she been coerced?

The world anxiously awaits the publication this July.

Writing Prompts:

  1. Would you ever agree to publish one of your rough drafts?   Why or why not?
  2. Study one of your early writings.  What do you think of it now?  How have you grown or changed within your writing style and voice?
  3. If you are a beginning writer, save your rough drafts.  Reading them in the future may be an interesting learning experience.

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