July 1

Birthdays: George Sand (1804), William Strunk (1869), James M. Cain (1892), Emily Arnold McCully (1939)

Tip: Consider using a storyboard for your book. Set up a chart—either paper, computer or large piece of cardboard or whiteboard that you map out your scenes and chapters on. Sticky notes work well for this as you can move them around.

Thought for the day: “Writing is a long-term proposition. You must be driven by the love of doing the work, because most days, that’s all you have.” – Susan Macias

Jumpstart: Write a scene where two enemies are caught in a stuck elevator. What happens?