August 15 Writing Tips, Tricks, Thoughts

Birthdays: Sir Walter Scott (1771), Thomas de Quincey (1785), Edith Nesbit (1858), Sri Aurobindo (1872), Edna Ferber (1885), Julia Child (1912), Leonard Baskin (1922), Linda Ellerbee (1944), Garry Disher (1949), Stieg Larsson (1954), Mary Jo Salter (1954)

Edna Ferber won the 1924 Pulitzer for Fiction for “So Big”

Quote: “Only amateurs say that they write for their own amusement. Writing is not an amusing occupation. It is a combination of ditch-digging, mountain-climbing, treadmill, and childbirth. Writing may be interesting, absorbing, exhilarating, racking, relieving. But amusing? Never!” – Edna Ferber

Tip: When writing a scene with setting, don’t forget about background noises we hear every day—birds chirping (or not for suspense), traffic, thunder, etc. Also think about background smells and other sensory items.

Jumpstart: The old stairs creaked and groaned under her weight and she was afraid the noise would…