June 21 Writing Tips, Tricks, Thoughts

Birthdays: Daniel Carter Beard (1850), Milward Kennedy (1894), Donald Peattie (1898), Jean-Paul Sartre (1905), Mary McCarthy (1912), Robert Kraus (1925), Francoise Sagan (1935), John Dower (1938), Henry Taylor (1942), Ian McEwan (1948), Berke Breathed (1957)

John W. Dower won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction for “Embracing Defeat”.

Henry S. Taylor won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for “The Flying Change”

Berke Breathed is best known for his long-running comic strip “Bloom County”

Quote: “All bullies are cowards!”― Robert Kraus

“Words are loaded pistols.” – Jean-Paul Sartre

Tip: Make a check list of things/words you need to look at in your story when editing. This can include not only the earlier list you made of redundancies, but also things like timelines, consistencies (hair/eyes stayed the same color), research points (especially for historicals).

Jumpstart: In one minute, list all the items you can think of in a mini-mart. Now, write a scene using those items that does NOT take place in a mini-mart.

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