July 31 Writing Tips, Tricks, Thoughts

Birthdays: Brett Halliday (1904), Primo Levi (1919), Lynne Reid Banks (1929), Cees Nooteboom (1933), Susan Cheever (1943), Faye Kellerman (1952), Steven Womack (1952), Lynne Rae Perkins (1956), J.K. Rowling (1965),

Primo Levi was an Italian chemist and writer. His “If This Is a Man” is an account of his time in a Nazi concentration camp, and his “The Periodic Table” was named the greatest science book ever written by the Royal Institute of Great Britain.

Lynn Reid Banks is best known for her children’s book “The Indian in the Cupboard”.

Lynn Perkins book “Criss Cross” won the 2006 Newbery Medal.

J.K. Rowling is best known for her “Harry Potter” series.

Quote: “Writers often write their best when they are feeling their worst” ― Susan Cheever, Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography

Tip: Thinking about your writing career and where it currently is. Are you happy with it and where you’re headed? If not, what can you do to change things? Remember, you can only adjust things you are in control of.

Jumpstart: You’ve just inherited a piece of land from a relative you never knew about. It turns out to be a junkyard. But one that specializes in a particular type of “junk” – each piece is haunted. What do you do?