How Harriet the Spy taught me to be a great writer

Harriet the Spy

Who doesn’t remember the spunky little sixth grader who went around watching her neighbors and friends and writing all about it?

I loved that movie as a kid, and I would watch it whenever it was on television. I started writing in my own notebook, trying to be just like her.

Recently, I found out that Harried the Spy was on Hulu and, of course, I had to watch it. As I watched it, as an adult, I realized that Harriet isn’t just a spy…she’s a writer. The type of writer I wanted to be. I couldn’t believe I didn’t see it before! After realizing it, I watched Harriet the Spy with new eyes. Author eyes. And I began to learn…

Here are 5 things I learned from Harriet the Spy

  1. Observation. Harriet wrote every single thing down in that notebook of hers. Even things that might seem trivial, she wrote it down. She wanted to remember everything and everyone
  2. Adventure. Harriet liked going on adventures around her neighborhood to meet new people and see new things. She wanted to know all about the world around her
  3. Imagination. It’s not enough to just write things down. Not unless you want to be a journalist. If you want to be a novelist, you have to have an imagination. Harriet had a great imagination and it let her go farther than just her writing.
  4. Support. Harriet always had Golly who had her back. Golly always reminded Harriet that she had a gift and should always work on it, no matter what other people say
  5. Determination. Harriet was going to be a spy no matter what. She didn’t stop writing in her notebook, not even when all of her friends turned against her. She knew what she wanted and she was going to get it.

As a child, I wanted to be Harriet the Spy. As an adult, I want to be Harriet the Spy, who was an awesome writer.

Do you have a movie that changed your life? A movie that taught you something?

I would love to know!

2 thoughts on “How Harriet the Spy taught me to be a great writer

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    1. Even now, I might like the book/movie a little too much. I’ve been feeling very nostalgic and watching movies I used to watch. It makes me want to be a kid all over again!

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