Writing Tips, Tricks, Thoughts

Birthdays: John Greenleaf Whittier (1807), Ford Madox Ford (1873), Erskine Caldwell (1903), Penelope Fitzgerald (1916), William Safire (1929), John Kennedy Toole (1937), Jack Chalker (1944), Jacqueline Wilson (1945)

Ford Madox Ford is best known for his book “The Good Soldier”

John Kennedy Toole won the Pulitzer Prize for his book “A Confederacy of Dunces”

Quote: “I have this belief that children become readers before they can read. They become hooked on books because they were read aloud to as a child.” – Jacqueline Wilson

“For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these: ‘It might have been.’” – John Greenleaf Whittier

“If you re-read your work, you can find on re-reading a great deal of repetition can be avoided by re-reading and editing.” – William Safire

Tip: Make each character unique. If you were to line up your characters next to each other, could you tell them apart? You should be able to. And so should your readers.

Jumpstart: The funeral was at high noon. It seemed appropriate somehow…

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