July 6

Birthdays: Verner von Heidenstam (1859), Cheryl Harness (1952)

Tip: Symbols or props can be important in a story. Where would we be without the light sabers in Star Wars or the Sherlock Holmes’ pipe and hat? Do you have any symbolic props in your stories? Can you add them?

Thought for the day: “A gem cannot be polished without friction nor man perfected without trials.” – Chinese proverb

Jumpstart: Use the following in a mystery scene: school bell, blush, barbed wire