January 7 Writing

Birthdays: John Remsburg (1848), Zora Hurston (1891), Cresson Kearny (1914), Robert Duncan (1919), Gerald Durell (1925), William Blatty (1928), Edwin Torres (1931), Kay Chorao (1936), Hayford Peirce (1942), Ben Fong-Torres (1945), Nicholson Baker (1957), Billy Merrell (1982),

Zora Hurston was an American author, anthropologist, and filmmaker. She portrayed racial struggles in the early-1900s American South and published research on hoodoo. The most popular of her four novels is “Their Eyes Were Watching God”, published in 1937. She also wrote more than 50 short stories, plays, and essays.

William Blatty is best known for his 1971 novel “The Exorcist”, for which he won the Academy Award for the screenplay of its film adaptation and was nominated for Best Picture as its producer. The film also earned Blatty the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama as producer.

Edwin Torres is best known for his book “Carlito’s Way.”

Thought for the day: “Poetry is prose in slow motion.” – Nicholson Baker, The Anthologist

Tip: Does your character have an accent or a unique way of talking? Give us a few words to get the flavor of their speech but don’t do their entire dialogue in it. Reading a couple words in street slang is okay. Reading an entire book in it? No.

Jumpstart: Start a reading and writing journal. What does writing mean to you and why do you write? Note the last five books you’ve read and what you liked or disliked about them.

I’ve tried reading William Blatty and Edwin Torres – nope. Not my cup of tea. So I picked this one instead. 🙂