January 5 Writing

Birthdays: W.D. Snodgrass (1926), Umberto Eco (1932), Robert Kinloch Massie III (1929), Florence King (1936), Seanan McGuire (1978), Stella Gibbons (1902), Tananarive Due (1966), Rudolf Christoph Eucken (1846),

W.D. Snodgrass won the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for “Heart’s Needle”

Tananarive Due won the 2002 American Book Award for her novel “The Living Blood”.

Rudolf Eucken won the 1908 Nobel Prize for Literature

Umberto Eco’s most famous English book is “The Name of the Rose” but he has written many more.

Thought for the day: “I love the smell of book ink in the morning.” – Umberto Eco

Tip: When writing, be sure to ground the reader in the setting of your story. It doesn’t have to be a lot, but give us a time of year, and let us know where and when we are. If we’re in a house or apartment, show us what the place looks like.

Jumpstart: Come up with a list of names for your hero and/or heroine and villain for a variety of genres — historical, science fiction, fantasy, romance, etc. Why did you choose those names? Write a brief character sketch for each.