April 8 Writing

Birthdays: Harvey Cushing (1869), Margaret Ayer Barnes (1886), John Fante (1909), Glendon Swarthout (1918), Seymour Hersh (1937), Trina Schart Hyman (1939), James Herbert (1943), Robert Kiyosaki (1947), Barbara Kingsolver (1955), Nnedi Okorafor (1974), Sara Shepard (1977)

Harvey Cushing won a Pulizer for his biography of Sir William Osler.

Margaret Barnes won the 1931 Pulitzer for her first novel “Years of Grace”

Tina Hyman won the 1985 Caldecott for her work on “Saint George and the Dragon”

“In a world as wrong as this one, all we can do is make things as right as we can.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, The Bean Trees

Quote: “The only way to become a writer is to sit still and write. Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.” – Barbara Kingsolver

Tip: All writing counts. If you can’t come up with a story to write, write a grocery list, a letter to your best friend or a relative, a to-do list – anything. Just let the words come. They may lead to something better.

Jumpstart: Pick two characters from a favorite book and describe their courtship but put a twist on it. For instance, make Rhett and Scarlett Yankees. How would their lives be different?

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