September 30 Tips

Birthdays: Cecelia Ahern (1981), Eileen Chang (1920), Laura Esquivel (1950), Margie Orford (1964), Ta-Nehisi Coates (1975), Tea Obreht (1985), Truman Capote (1924), Edgar Parin d’Aulaire (1898), W.S. Merwin (1927), Elie Wiesel (1928), Carol Fenner (1929), Jurek Becker (1937), S.M. Stirling (1953), Nicola Griffith (1960)

Tip: Tighten your manuscript by cutting adjectives and adverbs, wordy passages, and personal opinion.

Thought for the day: “I say write what moves you. Write what you feel compelled to write about. Unless they come naturally to you, ignore trends such as vampires and erotica just because they’re popular and focus on what you feel your heart has to say. It’s important to write for yourself, move yourself and then the reader will hopefully feel your passion and identify with those emotions.” – Cecelia Ahern

Jumpstart: You’re on your way to Bermuda for a vacation, complements of your boss for a big deal you finalized. Then a strange storm comes up out of a clear sky and…

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