August 19 Writing Tips, Tricks, Thoughts

Birthdays: John Dryden (1631), Samuel Richardson (1689), Ogden Nash (1902), James Gould Cozzens (1903), Ring Lardner, Jr. (1915), Frank McCourt (1930), Jack Canfield (1944), Greg Jonathan Coe (1961), Veronica Roth (1988)

Jack Canfield is best known as the co-creator of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series.

Jonathan Coe holds the record for the writing the longest sentence in the literature of the English language – 13955 words (beating out James Joyce’s “Ulysses”)

Quote: “Keep Scribbling! Something will happen.” – Frank McCourt

Tip: A malapropism is the misuse of one word for another in a comical manner, such as “I took him for granite.” (instead of “granted”). They can be used for effect, but don’t overuse.

Jumpstart: I had to stop it somehow. I’d buried too many friends…and enemies. But how? I’d given everything I could and still…

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