August 21 Writing Tips, Tricks, Thoughts

Birthdays: Jules Michelet (1798), X.J. Kennedy (1929), Mart Crowley (1935), Robert Stone (1937), Lucius Shepard (1943), Arthur Yorinks (1953), Sharon Draper (1948), Denise Mina (1966),

Robert Stone won the National Book Award in 1975 for “Dog Soldiers”.

Arthur Yorinks won the Caldecott Medal for his book “Hey, Al”

Lucius Shepard won multiple awards for his science fiction including the Hugo and Nebula awards.

Quote: “Achieving a goal is nothing. The getting there is everything.” – Jules Michelet

“What’s right isn’t always popular, and what’s popular isn’t always right.” ― Sharon M. Draper

Tip: Watch out for sentences starting with gerunds (ing words) as they can lead to impossible physical actions: Setting her coffee on the car roof, she got into the car. (She can’t set the drink on the car at the same time she’s getting into it, as this implies. She can get into the car “after” setting her coffee there.)

Jumpstart: Fear? Confusion? Disgust? All those things went through my mind when I woke up and found…

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