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Birthdays: William Makepeace Thackeray (1811), Nathalie Sarraute (1900), Jessamyn West (1902), Elizabeth Jennings (1926), Margaret Laurence (1926), Hunter S. Thompson (1937), Joseph J. Ellis (1943), Steven Hahn (1951), Felicia Bond (1954), Elizabeth Gilbert (1969),
Joseph Ellis won a Pulitzer Prize for History for his works.
Steven Hahn won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for History for “A Nation Under Our Feet”.
Quote: “Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.” – Jessamyn West
“Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential.” ― Jessamyn West
Tip: Enjoy the ride. You should enjoy what you do. Yes, writing is hard. But there should also be joy somewhere in there. If you worry about deadlines, plot points, sales, reviews, etc., you’ll never get to enjoy what you accomplished. You wrote a book! Congratulations. Celebrate.
Jumpstart: Finish this: I rushed to fudge the numbers before he returned… (use: monk, magazine, imagination)