I have many theories about things.
For instance, take my theory that if the moon is very yellow and large, it should be known as a cheese moon (for the resemblance and also because of the myth). We have a blood moon, right? Why not a cheese moon? Also, I have a theory that humans should sleep in smaller clumps instead of large ones. It should be socially acceptable to roam the earth at 4am and nap in the afternoons.
I also have theories about why Harper Lee only wrote 1 book. Yes, I’m talking about the infamous To Kill a Mockingbird. I was thinking about this topic during the mundane washing of the car. Also, To Kill a Mockingbird is often a hot topic over at The Book Chewers. If you put the chewing of books, car washing, and mockingbirds in a blender — you get this post.
Yes, yes, you’re welcome.
harper lee only had one story to tell
It happens. Some people only have one story in them. Maybe Harper Lee had other things she wanted to do. Maybe she lost interest in writing.
the pressure of more brilliance was too much
As a writer, I totally understand this one. When you do something really well (write a funny chapter, create an epic character, pull of a tricky plot twist), there’s a lot of pressure to keep doing it well. What if you fail? What if it’s not good enough? What if people don’t like it?
A lot of people didn’t like To Kill a Mockingbird (it did make the Banned Book List after all), but a lot more people did (it’s sold over 30 million copies!). The pressure of writing a book that’s so controversially loved (digest that) would have been astounding. So I think, anyway.
Simple, yet totally plausible. Writers block can be a killer. I read that Harper Lee started another book called The Long Goodbye, but she never finished it. Why? Was it the pressure? Or writers block? Or just an inability to sit down and try to top her last brilliant success?
she was too shy
Maybe Harper Lee was scared of all the success? She’s quoted saying:
“You see, I never expected any sort of success with Mockingbird. I didn’t expect the book to sell in the first place. I was hoping for a quick and merciful death at the hands of reviewers, but at the same time I sort of hoped that maybe someone would like it enough to give me encouragement. Public encouragement.I hoped for a little, as I said, but I got rather a whole lot, and in some ways this was just about as frightening as the quick, merciful death I’d expected.” source
she didn’t want to
Maybe it’s simple. People wanted another book. Harper Lee didn’t want to write it. What? It could happen. The best of us get disagreeable sometimes…
cait is fond of cheese, thus her inquisition into founding the term “cheese moon”. so far she’s been met with raised eyebrows. she’s currently reading a mango-shaped space by wendy mass and trying to fold one-thousand paper cranes. apparently, it’s lucky to have that many paper cranes floating about the house. is it still lucky, she wonders, if her small niece eats them?