March 18 Writing tips, tricks, thoughts

Birthdays: Stephane Mallarme (1842), Robert P. Tristram Coffin (1892), Wilfred Owen (1893), Richard Condon (1915), George Plimpton (1927), John Updike (1932), Joy Fielding (1945), Susan Patron (1948), Douglas Florian (1950), Franz Wright (1953)

Robert Coffin won the 1938 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.

John Updike won two Pulitzers for books in the Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom series.

Susan Patron won the 2007 Caldecott for “The Higher Power of Lucky”

Franz Wright won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

Quote: “I think the most important part of storytelling is tension. It’s the constant tension of suspense that in a sense mirrors life, because nobody knows what’s going to happen three hours from now.” – Richard Condon

Tip: Many writers are members of groups for support and inspiration. Are you? Look around and see what’s available in your area, or online. Take classes. Bone up on the basics or go to deeper depths. Expand your mind.

Jumpstart: Write a scene about something you’re doing—perhaps a walk you take. Write it both from your perspective as an adult, then from a child’s perspective.

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