August 30 Writing Tips, Tricks, Thoughts

Birthdays: Mary Shelley (1797), Theophile Gautier (1811), John Gunther (1901), Virginia Lee Burton (1909), Laurent de Brunhoff (1925), Helen Craig (1934), Donald Crews (1938), Robert Crumb (1943), N.H. Kleinbaum (1948), Guy Kawasaki (1954), Judith Tarr (1955), Camilla Lackberg (1974),

John Gunther is best known for his work “Death be not Proud”

Virginia Lee Burton won the 1943 Caldecott Medal for “The Little House”

Laurent de Brunhoff was the illustrator for the “Babar the Elephant” series, which his father Jean de Brunhoff wrote.

Donald Crews was a two-time winner of the Caldecott Medal

Quote: “I’ve always viewed myself as a brand. When I started 10 years ago, that was very controversial. ‘Marketing’ and ‘PR’ were dirty words for the literary world, but that has changed. Once the book is finished, I want as many people as possible to read it.” – Camilla Lackberg

“So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys – to woo women – and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.” ― N.H. Kleinbaum, Dead Poets Society

Tip: “Try and” vs. “try to”: “try and” do something is incorrect grammar. The correct usage is “try to” do something.

Jumpstart: He smiled sadly as he looked at the picture she held. “That was taken when we…”

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