Writing Tips, Tricks, Thoughts

Birthdays: Jane Austen (1775), George Santayana (1863), Marie Hall Ets (1895), Noel Coward (1899), V.S. Pritchett (1900), Margaret Mead (1901), Arthur C. Clarke (1917), Nicolas Sidjakov (1924), Philip K. Dick (1928), Bill Brittain (1930), E.B. Lewis (1956), Sylvia Brownrigg (1964),

George Santayana is known for aphorisms such as “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” And “Only the dead have seen the end of war.”

Marie Hall Ets won the 1960 Caldecott Medal for her illustrations of “Nine Days to Christmas”

Arthur C. Clarke is best known for his science fiction that sometimes led to real-world scientific discoveries.

Nicolas Sidjakov won the 1961 Caldecott Medal for “Baboushka and the Three Kings”

Bill Brittain’s book “The Wish Giver” was a 1984 Newbery Honor book.

E.B. Lewis was a two-time winner of the Caldecott Medal for his illustrations.

Quotes: Jane Austen: There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.

Margaret Mead: Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.

Arthur C. Clarke: Any sufficiently advance technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Philip K. Dick: I am basically analytical, not creative; my writing is simply a creative way of handling analysis.

Tip: When writing dialogue among multiple characters, be sure to use tags and action to show who is talking.

Jumpstart: “When would you like to go to?”

“What do you mean ‘when’”?

“I mean…this is a time machine. So…when do you want to go to?”

I had to think hard, but knew there was only one choice…

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