April 9 Writing Tips, Tricks, Thoughts

Birthdays: Charles Baudelaire (1821), Jacques Futrelle (1875), Joseph Krumgold (1908), Lev Kopelev (1912), Leonard Levy (1923), Paule Marshall (1929), Fern Michaels (1933), Robert Clark (1952), Ken Kalfus (1954), Kate Heyhoe (1955), Margaret Peterson Haddix (1964), Sam Harris (1967)

Jacques Futrelle was an American journalist and Titanic victim.

Joseph Krumgold was the first person to win two Newbery Medals.

Leonard Levy won the 1969 Pulitzer in History for “Origins of the Fifth Amendment”

Robert Clark won the Edgar Award for his 1999 novel “Mr. White’s Confession”

Quote: “Inspiration comes of working every day.” – Charles Baudelaire

Tip: Tell your reader how a character feels, and you’ve given your readers a fact. Show how s/he feels and you’ve given them an emotion. Of the two, emotions are much better than fact. Go through your story and find where you’ve given facts vs. shown us their emotions.

Jumpstart: Your heroine is sitting in a park and a woman in a dark coat dashes by and drops a note in her lap. It says, “meet me here at midnight or he dies.” What does your heroine do? Does she get help? Who will die? Why? Will she show up?

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