April 17 Writing Tips, Tricks, Thoughts

Birthdays: Ray Stannard Baker (1870), Karen Blixen (1885), George Adamski (1891), Thornton Wilder (1897), Cynthia Ozick (1928), Beverly Lewis (1949), Catherine Ryan Hyde (1955), Nick Hornby (1957)

Ray Baker (writing as David Grayson) won the Pulitzer Prize in Biography for his work on Woodrow Wilson.

Karen Blixen is known for her book “Out of Africa” (wrote under the name Isak Dinesen).

Thorton Wilder won the Pulitzer for “The Bridge of San Luis Ray”

Quote: “I start with a tingle, a kind of feeling of the story I will write. Then come the characters, and they take over, they make the story.” – Karen Blixen

Tip: Don’t be a perfectionist with your first draft. Turn off your inner critic/editor and just write. Especially don’t listen to that little voice that says you aren’t any good. Stick your tongue out at it and keep writing.

Jumpstart: Finish this scene: We were so happy that day… (use: shepherd, silver baby cup, canoe, ginger)

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