March 8 Writing tips, tricks, thoughts

Birthdays: Kenneth Grahame (1859), Douglass Wallop (1920), John McPhee (1931), Neil Postman (1931), Richard Farina (1937), Jim Bouton (1939), Peter Roop (1951), Jeffrey Eugenides (1960), Robert Sabuda (1965),

Kenneth Grahame is best known for “The Wind in the Willows”

Douglass Wallop is known for “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant” which was made into the musical “Damn Yankees”

Jeffrey Eugenides won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for “Middlesex”

Quote: “I have a lot of novels that I haven’t finished. I usually get 150 pages in and I realize it’s not going anywhere. I don’t publish everything I write.” – Jeffrey Eugenides

Tip: March is a month of changes—from winter to spring, dark to light, cold to warm. What changes do you need to be a better writer? How can you make them?

Jumpstart: Write a rejection letter rejecting your latest rejection. Be specific about why you think the publisher is wrong, not just angry or upset. Why are you the best person to write this book and what is good about it?

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