September 6

Birthdays: Alice Sebold, China Miéville, Christopher Brookmyre, Henry Seidel Canby, Robert Pirsig, Vendela Vida

Tip: To have an element of reality, your story people must also feel, as well as think, and act, and they must react to the emotions of those around them.

Thought for the day: “I write fiction and I’m told it’s an autobiography. I write autobiography and I’m told it’s fiction, so since I’m so dim and they’re so smart, let them decide what it is or isn’t.” – Phillip Roth

Jumpstart: I didn’t know what I would do. I didn’t even know if I could go. But I had no choice. It was…