June 9 Writing Tips, Tricks, Thoughts

Birthdays: Marcia Davenport (1903), Keith Laumer (1925), Charles Webb (1939), Joe Haldeman (1943), James Kelman (1946), Gregory Maguire (1954), Patricia Cornwell (1956), Tony Horwitz (1958), Paul Beatty (1962)

Joe Haldeman is an American science fiction author. He is best known for his novel The Forever War.

James Kelman is a Scottish writer. His novel A Disaffection won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction in 1989. Kelman won the 1994 Booker Prize with How Late It Was, How Late.

Gregory Maguire is an American novelist. He is the author of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister.

Patricia Cornwell is an American crime writer. She is best known as the creator of a series of novels featuring Kay Scarpetta, a medical examiner that started with Postmortem.

Paul Beatty is an American author who won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize for his novel The Sellout.

Quote: “Even if you are a best-seller you feel insecure because it is all so unpredictable.” – Patricia Cornwell

Tip: If you’re given a deadline—meet it! If there’s a valid reason why you can’t (hospital=valid; binging on Netflix does not), let your editor know as soon as possible.

Jumpstart: Finish the following: I don’t know what made me look out the window at that moment, but I did. Unfortunately…