On Writing – December 31

This is the end of the year. So what have you done? Did you reach your goals? What are your new ones going forward?

Birthdays: Holbrook Jackson (1874), Frank Marshall Davis (1905), Bob Shaw (1931), Edward Bunker (1933), Clarence Major (1936), Gerald McDermott (1941), Connie Willis (1945), Susan Swartz (1949), Nicholas Sparks (1965), Junot Diaz (1968), Joe Abercrombie (1974),

Donnie Willis won eleven Hugo and Nebula Awards for her science fiction.

Junot Diaz won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.”

Quotes: “I learned everything I know about plot from Dame Agatha (Christie).” – Connie Willis

“Fear of corrupting the mind of the younger generation is the loftiest form of cowardice.” – Holbrook Jackson

“Publishing is a business. Writing may be art, but publishing, when all is said and done, comes down to dollars.” – Nicholas Sparks

Tip: It’s the end of the year and time to look at your goals that you wrote back in January and maybe revised in July. Did you achieve them? Why or why not? What could you have done differently? Did you set the bar too high? Not high enough? Did obligations get in the way? Think about what you want to do to set goals for next year.

Jumpstart: While traveling on a back road, you see a house with a tree-lined driveway. The scene looks very familiar to you, but you’ve never been here before. As you slow down, the mailbox at the end of the driveway has your name on it….

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