January 15 Writing

Birthdays: Moliere (1622?), Ernest Gaines (1933), Robert Silverberg (1935), Frank Conroy (1936), Jenny Nimmo (1944),

Ernest J. Gaines is most famous for his books “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman”, A Gathering of Old Men”, and “A Lesson Before Dying”.

Robert Silverberg is a multiple winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards for his science fiction works.

Quote: “What is history, other than a matter of choice, the picking and choosing of certain facts out of a multitude to elicit a meaningful pattern, which was not necessarily the true one? The act of selecting facts, by definition, inherently involved discarding facts as well, often the ones most inconvenient to the pattern that the historian was trying to reveal. Truth thus became an abstract concept: three different historians, working with the same set of data, might easily come up with three different ‘truths’.” – Robert Silverberg

“Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money.” – Moliere – a French playwright considered to be a master of comedy.

Tip: Why are you writing? To inform readers? To entertain them? To make them want to do something? Figure out why you are writing. This will help determine what you write

Jumpstart: Using the words: fog, almonds, skull – finish the following: I’d never been so lost….

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