July 30

Birthdays: Emily Brontë (1818), Archer Mayor (1950), Marcus Pfister (1960)

Tip: Even though it’s difficult or hurts, reading over rejections a second (or third) time can show you where you might have some weaknesses you need to work on. Especially if multiple editors are saying the same thing.

Thought for the day: “All serious writers are interested in experimentation. It is a means by which they honor their craft.” – Joyce Carol Oates

Jumpstart: You’re walking down the street, window shopping, when you hear a scream from an alley up ahead. You have no phone. What if it’s late night and you’re alone? What do you do?