July 2

Birthdays: Hermann Hesse (1877), Wislawa Szymborska (1923), Jean Craighead George (1919)

Tip: Three act structure is the most common storytelling device. In Act I, the main character’s life is thrown out of whack. In Act II, he tries to solve the problem, but can’t. Act III, he uses knowledge gained in II and formulates a new plan.

Thought for the day: “One step at a time is all it takes and pretty soon, with enough steps, you’ve scaled that mountain.” – Marylee Woods

Jumpstart: You have just learned that you are the heir to a kingdom – a very small one with rich resources but surrounded by larger, not so nice ones. Do you take the throne? Why or why not?