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Happy Birthday, Bryan Forbes, born 22 July 1926, died 8 May 2013
Eight Quotes
Writing is one of the loneliest of the arts; unlike the actor we have no immediate audience and must wait many long months, even years on occasion, for the splatter of applause to reach our ears, if indeed we are not damned by total neglect.
Nothing recedes like success.
An actor must have arrogance, conceit…I would never have made it as an actor, but I still have conceit.
I may not have come up the hard way, but I have come up the whole way.
I was a writer who became an actor who became a screenwriter who became a director. 
I remember saying to this particular savagely disturbed woman [who was protesting The Stepford Wives], “You’ve missed the whole point. A, it’s fantasy; B, if anybody looks stupid, it’s the men. It’s not an attack on women, it’s an attack on women being exploited by men.”
Life is pretty grotty, and anything that brings back a little Romanticism to life is not to be despised.
I have often found that, although we dump things, part of the egg remains and starts to gestate. We pull them out of our subconscious years later and use them again in a different project. 
Forbes was an English film director, screenwriter, film producer, actor and novelist. He books included International Velvet, The Rewrite Man, and The Soldier;s Story. He was well known as the director of the films, The Stepford Wives, Whistle Down the Wind, and King Rat. He also wrote several screenplays, including The League of Gentlemen.
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Happy Birthday, Bryan Forbes, born 22 July 1926, died 8 May 2013

Eight Quotes

  1. Writing is one of the loneliest of the arts; unlike the actor we have no immediate audience and must wait many long months, even years on occasion, for the splatter of applause to reach our ears, if indeed we are not damned by total neglect.
  2. Nothing recedes like success.
  3. An actor must have arrogance, conceit…I would never have made it as an actor, but I still have conceit.
  4. I may not have come up the hard way, but I have come up the whole way.
  5. I was a writer who became an actor who became a screenwriter who became a director. 
  6. I remember saying to this particular savagely disturbed woman [who was protesting The Stepford Wives], “You’ve missed the whole point. A, it’s fantasy; B, if anybody looks stupid, it’s the men. It’s not an attack on women, it’s an attack on women being exploited by men.”
  7. Life is pretty grotty, and anything that brings back a little Romanticism to life is not to be despised.
  8. I have often found that, although we dump things, part of the egg remains and starts to gestate. We pull them out of our subconscious years later and use them again in a different project. 

Forbes was an English film director, screenwriter, film producer, actor and novelist. He books included International Velvet, The Rewrite Man, and The Soldier;s Story. He was well known as the director of the films, The Stepford Wives, Whistle Down the Wind, and King Rat. He also wrote several screenplays, including The League of Gentlemen.

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#literary birthday  #bryan forbes  #amanda patterson 
Happy Birthday, S.E. Hinton, born 22 July 1948
10 Quotes
Anything you read can influence your work, so I try to read good stuff.
I like having a private name and a public name. It helps keep things straight.
I really do like listening to stuff that’s happened to other people. I guess that’s why I like to read.
I have no idea why I write. The old standards are: I like to express my feelings, stretch my imagination, earn money.
Movies can’t ruin books. They can only ruin movies.
I go straight from thinking about my narrator to being him.
You know what the crummiest feeling you can have is? To hate the person you love the best in the world.
I wish I was a kid again, when I had all the answers.
I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.
If you have two friends in your lifetime, you’re lucky. If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky.
Susan Eloise Hinton is an American writer best known for The Outsiders, which she wrote during high school.
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Happy Birthday, S.E. Hinton, born 22 July 1948

10 Quotes

  1. Anything you read can influence your work, so I try to read good stuff.
  2. I like having a private name and a public name. It helps keep things straight.
  3. I really do like listening to stuff that’s happened to other people. I guess that’s why I like to read.
  4. I have no idea why I write. The old standards are: I like to express my feelings, stretch my imagination, earn money.
  5. Movies can’t ruin books. They can only ruin movies.
  6. I go straight from thinking about my narrator to being him.
  7. You know what the crummiest feeling you can have is? To hate the person you love the best in the world.
  8. I wish I was a kid again, when I had all the answers.
  9. I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.
  10. If you have two friends in your lifetime, you’re lucky. If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky.

Susan Eloise Hinton is an American writer best known for The Outsiders, which she wrote during high school.

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— 9 hours ago with 76 notes
#S.E. Hinton  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson 
A Fabulous Resource for Writers - 350 Character Traits →

Even if you adore your protagonist and loathe your antagonist, it is important to remember that nobody is perfectly good, or perfectly evil. Every character will have positive and negative personality traits. Make sure you have created real people rather than caricatures by giving your cast a selection of both.

I have compiled these lists to help you select the traits you need. Have fun, and happy writing.
A bumper list of character traits for writers.
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#350 Character Traits  #Writing Tips  #Amanda Patterson  #Writers Write 
Happy Birthday, Ernest Hemingway, born 21 July 1899, died  2 July 1961
27 gems from Hemingway on writing

Happy Birthday, Ernest Hemingway, born 21 July 1899, died  2 July 1961

27 gems from Hemingway on writing

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#ernest hemingway  #comic  #Literary Birthday  #amanda patterson 
Happy Birthday, Hart Crane, born 21 July 1899, died 27 April 1932
Four Quotes
I got so I simply gagged every time I sat before my desk to write an ad.
One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment.
I have wanted to write you more than once, but it will take many letters to let you know what I mean (for myself, at least) when I say that I have seen the Word made Flesh.
Scatter these well-meant idioms into the smoky spring that fills the suburbs, where they will be lost.
Crane was an American poet who found inspiration in the poetry of T. S. Eliot. He wrote The Bridge as an epic poem in the vein of The Waste Land. 
by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Hart Crane, born 21 July 1899, died 27 April 1932

Four Quotes

  1. I got so I simply gagged every time I sat before my desk to write an ad.
  2. One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment.
  3. I have wanted to write you more than once, but it will take many letters to let you know what I mean (for myself, at least) when I say that I have seen the Word made Flesh.
  4. Scatter these well-meant idioms into the smoky spring that fills the suburbs, where they will be lost.

Crane was an American poet who found inspiration in the poetry of T. S. Eliot. He wrote The Bridge as an epic poem in the vein of The Waste Land

by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 1 day ago with 28 notes
#Hart Crane  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson 
Happy Birthday, Alistair MacLeod, born 20 July 1936, died 20 April 2014
Seven Quotes
I write a single sentence at a time, and then I read it aloud.
I like to think that I am telling a story rather than writing it.
No one has ever said that life is to be easy. Only that it is to be lived.
There is a kind of belief among my students that things that are true are interesting. But most things that are true are not interesting. Four pages describing how I got up and brushed my teeth in the morning would kill you.
If people aren’t creating literature, there would be nothing for people to criticise.
Today there is a division between those who write about literature and those who create it. I, obviously, don’t think that should be there.
Measure twice; cut once.
MacLeod was a Canadian novelist, short story writer and academic. His 1999 novel No Great Mischief was voted Atlantic Canada’s greatest book of all time. 
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Alistair MacLeod, born 20 July 1936, died 20 April 2014

Seven Quotes

  1. I write a single sentence at a time, and then I read it aloud.
  2. I like to think that I am telling a story rather than writing it.
  3. No one has ever said that life is to be easy. Only that it is to be lived.
  4. There is a kind of belief among my students that things that are true are interesting. But most things that are true are not interesting. Four pages describing how I got up and brushed my teeth in the morning would kill you.
  5. If people aren’t creating literature, there would be nothing for people to criticise.
  6. Today there is a division between those who write about literature and those who create it. I, obviously, don’t think that should be there.
  7. Measure twice; cut once.

MacLeod was a Canadian novelist, short story writer and academic. His 1999 novel No Great Mischief was voted Atlantic Canada’s greatest book of all time. 

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— 2 days ago with 39 notes
#Alistair MacLeod  #Amanda Patterson  #Literary Birthday 
Happy Birthday, Jess Walter, born 20 July 1965
Nine Quotes
When I’m deep in a novel, I don’t pay bills and I walk around in one shoe, drinking two-day old coffee, and calling my kids by the wrong names.
Without sounding overly sentimental about the process, I’d say trying to describe how you tend to conceive of a book is like describing how you tend to fall in love.
My desk is an antique with bookshelves built into the side. I’ve turned the drawer over to hold a keyboard. We live in a 100-year-old house, and I work in an apartment above the carriage house.
I pretty much drink a cup of coffee, write in my journal for a while, and then sit at a computer in my office and torture the keys. My one saving grace as a writer is that, if I’m having trouble with the novel I’m writing, I write something else, a poem or a short story. I try to avoid writer’s block by always writing something.
For me, movies and television are interesting because they are the dominant storytelling form of our time. My first love will always be fiction, and especially novels, but I’m a writer… I write poetry and essays and criticism and I’d love to write a whole play, and sometimes I even write scripts.
I think suspense should be like any other colour on a writer’s palette. I suppose I’m in the minority but I think it’s crazy for ‘literary fiction’ to divorce itself from stories that are suspenseful, and assign anything with cops or spies or criminals to some genre ghetto.
Forget being ‘discovered.’ All you can do is write. If you write well enough, and are stubborn enough to embrace failure, and if you happen to fall into the narrow categories that the book market recognizes, then you might make a little money. Otherwise, it’s a struggle. A gorgeous struggle.
Stories are people. I’m a story, you’re a story…your father is a story. Our stories go in every direction, but sometimes, if we’re lucky, our stories join into one, and for awhile, we’re less alone.
I think some people wait forever, and only at the end of their lives do they realize that their life has happened while they were waiting for it to start. 
Walter is an American author. He has written six novels and a collection of short stories. His has won many awards including the Edgar Allan Poe Award. Walter also writes screenplays and was the co-author of Christopher Darden’s 1996 best-seller In Contempt. 
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Jess Walter, born 20 July 1965

Nine Quotes

  1. When I’m deep in a novel, I don’t pay bills and I walk around in one shoe, drinking two-day old coffee, and calling my kids by the wrong names.
  2. Without sounding overly sentimental about the process, I’d say trying to describe how you tend to conceive of a book is like describing how you tend to fall in love.
  3. My desk is an antique with bookshelves built into the side. I’ve turned the drawer over to hold a keyboard. We live in a 100-year-old house, and I work in an apartment above the carriage house.
  4. I pretty much drink a cup of coffee, write in my journal for a while, and then sit at a computer in my office and torture the keys. My one saving grace as a writer is that, if I’m having trouble with the novel I’m writing, I write something else, a poem or a short story. I try to avoid writer’s block by always writing something.
  5. For me, movies and television are interesting because they are the dominant storytelling form of our time. My first love will always be fiction, and especially novels, but I’m a writer… I write poetry and essays and criticism and I’d love to write a whole play, and sometimes I even write scripts.
  6. I think suspense should be like any other colour on a writer’s palette. I suppose I’m in the minority but I think it’s crazy for ‘literary fiction’ to divorce itself from stories that are suspenseful, and assign anything with cops or spies or criminals to some genre ghetto.
  7. Forget being ‘discovered.’ All you can do is write. If you write well enough, and are stubborn enough to embrace failure, and if you happen to fall into the narrow categories that the book market recognizes, then you might make a little money. Otherwise, it’s a struggle. A gorgeous struggle.
  8. Stories are people. I’m a story, you’re a story…your father is a story. Our stories go in every direction, but sometimes, if we’re lucky, our stories join into one, and for awhile, we’re less alone.
  9. I think some people wait forever, and only at the end of their lives do they realize that their life has happened while they were waiting for it to start. 

Walter is an American author. He has written six novels and a collection of short stories. His has won many awards including the Edgar Allan Poe Award. Walter also writes screenplays and was the co-author of Christopher Darden’s 1996 best-seller In Contempt

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 2 days ago with 55 notes
#Jess Walter  #Literary Birthday  #Writers Write  #Amanda Patterson 
Happy Birthday, A.J. Cronin, born 19 July 1896, died 6 January 1981
Nine Quotes
Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength. 
That is life… to begin again when everything is lost! 
Hell is that state where one has ceased to hope.
Life is no straight and easy corridor along which we travel free and unhampered, but a maze of passages, through which we must seek our way, lost and confused, now and again checked in a blind alley.
But always, if we have faith, a door will open for us, not perhaps one that we ourselves would ever have thought of, but one that will ultimately prove good for us
Some temptations cannot be fought. One must close one’s mind and fly from them 
The virtue of all achievement is victory over oneself. Those who know this can never know defeat.
No one in good faith can ever be lost.
Nothing is more limiting than a closed circle of acquaintanceship where every avenue of conversation has been explored and social exchanges are fixed in a known routine.
Cronin was a Scottish novelist and physician. His best-known novels are The Citadel and The Stars Look Down, which were adapted for film.His novella Country Doctor was adapted for BBC radio and TV as Dr. Finlay’s Casebook.
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Happy Birthday, A.J. Cronin, born 19 July 1896, died 6 January 1981

Nine Quotes

  1. Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength. 
  2. That is life… to begin again when everything is lost! 
  3. Hell is that state where one has ceased to hope.
  4. Life is no straight and easy corridor along which we travel free and unhampered, but a maze of passages, through which we must seek our way, lost and confused, now and again checked in a blind alley.
  5. But always, if we have faith, a door will open for us, not perhaps one that we ourselves would ever have thought of, but one that will ultimately prove good for us
  6. Some temptations cannot be fought. One must close one’s mind and fly from them 
  7. The virtue of all achievement is victory over oneself. Those who know this can never know defeat.
  8. No one in good faith can ever be lost.
  9. Nothing is more limiting than a closed circle of acquaintanceship where every avenue of conversation has been explored and social exchanges are fixed in a known routine.

Cronin was a Scottish novelist and physician. His best-known novels are The Citadel and The Stars Look Down, which were adapted for film.His novella Country Doctor was adapted for BBC radio and TV as Dr. Finlay’s Casebook.

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— 3 days ago with 56 notes
#a.j. cronin  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson 
Literary Birthday - 18 July
Happy Birthday, Margaret Laurence, born 18 July 1926, died 5 January 1987
FIve Quotes
When I say ‘work’ I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs.
This is part of what writers do. They speak for people who cannot speak for themselves.
People have been saying the novel is dead for a long, long time. As far as I’m concerned, it’s still extremely alive. It simply finds new forms. 
I hope that a sense of love does come across. If it does, it’s because what I feel most of all when I’m writing my books is that each individual human being has great value. Each person is unique and irreplaceable. They matter. Of course, that is a very Western world outlook. But it’s profoundly my own
In a sense writing a novel is a sort of discovery. You know more or less where you’re headed but everything could change in the doing of it. And, you know, you can be very surprised. 
Laurence was a Canadian novelist and short story writer.  She is also a founder of the Writers’ Trust of Canada.
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Literary Birthday - 18 July

Happy Birthday, Margaret Laurence, born 18 July 1926, died 5 January 1987

FIve Quotes

  1. When I say ‘work’ I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs.
  2. This is part of what writers do. They speak for people who cannot speak for themselves.
  3. People have been saying the novel is dead for a long, long time. As far as I’m concerned, it’s still extremely alive. It simply finds new forms. 
  4. I hope that a sense of love does come across. If it does, it’s because what I feel most of all when I’m writing my books is that each individual human being has great value. Each person is unique and irreplaceable. They matter. Of course, that is a very Western world outlook. But it’s profoundly my own
  5. In a sense writing a novel is a sort of discovery. You know more or less where you’re headed but everything could change in the doing of it. And, you know, you can be very surprised. 

Laurence was a Canadian novelist and short story writer.  She is also a founder of the Writers’ Trust of Canada.

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— 4 days ago with 37 notes
#margaret laurence  #lit  #literary birthday  #amanda patterson  #writers write 
Happy Birthday, Shmuel Agnon, born 17 July 1888, died 17 February 1970
Three Quotes
People’s talk and the stories they tell have been engraved on my heart, and some of them have flown into my pen.
Sometimes small things lead to great joys.
I was five years old when I wrote my first song. It was out of longing for my father that I wrote it.
Agnon was a Nobel Prize laureate writer and was one of the central figures of modern Hebrew fiction. In English, his works are published under the name S. Y. Agnon.
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Happy Birthday, Shmuel Agnon, born 17 July 1888, died 17 February 1970

Three Quotes

  1. People’s talk and the stories they tell have been engraved on my heart, and some of them have flown into my pen.
  2. Sometimes small things lead to great joys.
  3. I was five years old when I wrote my first song. It was out of longing for my father that I wrote it.

Agnon was a Nobel Prize laureate writer and was one of the central figures of modern Hebrew fiction. In English, his works are published under the name S. Y. Agnon.

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— 5 days ago with 21 notes
#shmuel agnon  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson 
Happy Birthday, Robert Sheckley, born 16 July 1928, died 9 December 2005
Seven Quotes
A novel is often a longer process in handling self-doubt.
I do think that short story writing is often a matter of luck.
Wherever you go in the galaxy, you can find a food business, a house-building business, a war business, a peace business, a governing business, and so forth. And, of course, a God business, which is called ‘religion,’ and which is a particularly reprehensible line of endeavour.
Action isn’t my forte. I’m an expert on contemplation and mild regret.
Once you find you can’t walk as far and as fast as you were able, life becomes more complicated.
I’ve always thought of absurdism as a French fad I’d like to belong to.
I wrote what I hoped would be science fiction, I was not at all sure if what I wrote would be acceptable even. But I don’t say that I consciously wrote with humour. Humour is a part of you that comes out.
Sheckley was an American author who wrote in the Science-Fiction genre. He was named Author Emeritus by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2001.
by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Robert Sheckley, born 16 July 1928, died 9 December 2005

Seven Quotes

  1. A novel is often a longer process in handling self-doubt.
  2. I do think that short story writing is often a matter of luck.
  3. Wherever you go in the galaxy, you can find a food business, a house-building business, a war business, a peace business, a governing business, and so forth. And, of course, a God business, which is called ‘religion,’ and which is a particularly reprehensible line of endeavour.
  4. Action isn’t my forte. I’m an expert on contemplation and mild regret.
  5. Once you find you can’t walk as far and as fast as you were able, life becomes more complicated.
  6. I’ve always thought of absurdism as a French fad I’d like to belong to.
  7. I wrote what I hoped would be science fiction, I was not at all sure if what I wrote would be acceptable even. But I don’t say that I consciously wrote with humour. Humour is a part of you that comes out.

Sheckley was an American author who wrote in the Science-Fiction genre. He was named Author Emeritus by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2001.

by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 6 days ago with 41 notes
#Robert Sheckley  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson 
How to write an irresistible book blurb in five easy steps →

Your blurb will be an important part of your marketing. It is vital to get a reader’s attention. To write a good blurb, you have to make it short. Cut out sub-plots. Add tension to make it dramatic. Try not to mention more than two character’s names, and promise your audience a read they won’t forget.

I’ve come up with this easy acronym to help you create a blurb. I call it SCOPE. Follow these five steps and see if it works for you.

Setting
Conflict
Objective
Possible Solution
Emotional Promise

  1. Setting: All stories involve characters who are in a certain setting at a certain time. 
  2. Conflict: A good story places these characters in a situation where they have to act or react. A good way to start this part of your blurb is with the words: But, However, Until
  3. Objective: What do your characters need to do?
  4. Possible Solution: Offer the reader hope here. Show them how the protagonist can overcome. Give them a reason to pick up the book. Use the word ‘If’ here.
  5. Emotional Promise: Tell them how the book will make them feel. This sets the mood for your reader.

I saw The Edge of Tomorrow today, and I decided to write a blurb using this formula.

Example

  1. London. The near future. Aliens have invaded Earth and colonised Europe. Major William Cage is a PR expert for the US Army, which is working with the British to prevent the invaders from crossing the English Channel. Battle after battle is lost until an unexpected victory gives humanity hope.
  2. But the enemy is invincible. A planned push into Europe fails and Cage finds himself in a war he has no way to fight, and he is killed. However, he wakes up, rebooted back a day every time he dies.
  3. He lives through hellish day after day, until he finds another soldier, Sergeant Rita Vrataski, who understands what he can do to fight the enemy. Cage and Vrataski have to take the fight to the aliens, learning more after each repeated encounter.
  4. If they succeed, they will destroy the enemy, and save Earth.
  5. This thrilling action-packed science fiction war story will show you how heroes are made and wars can be won. Against the odds.

SCOPE will work for any blurb. Why don’t you try it?

by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

© Amanda Patterson

If you enjoyed this article, you may enjoy How to write a query letter in 12 easy steps and How to write a one-page synopsis

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Happy Birthday, Jacques Derrida, born 15 July 1930, died 9 October 2004
Seven Quotes
I believe in the value of the book, which keeps something irreplaceable, and in the necessity of fighting to secure its respect.
No one gets angry at a mathematician or a physicist whom he or she doesn’t understand, or at someone who speaks a foreign language, but rather at someone who tampers with your own language.
What cannot be said above all must not be silenced but written.
But psychoanalysis has taught that the dead—a dead parent, for example—can be more alive for us, more powerful, more scary, than the living. It is the question of ghosts.
I always dream of a pen that would be a syringe.
The traditional statement about language is that it is in itself living, and that writing is the dead part of language.
Learning to live ought to mean learning to die - to acknowledge, to accept, an absolute mortality - without positive outcome, or resurrection, or redemption, for oneself or for anyone else. That has been the old philosophical injunction since Plato: to be a philosopher is to learn how to die.
Derrida was a French philosopher who published more than 40 books, as well as hundreds of essays. He is best known for developing a form of semiotic analysis known as deconstruction. He is one of the major figures associated with post-modern philosophy.
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Happy Birthday, Jacques Derrida, born 15 July 1930, died 9 October 2004

Seven Quotes

  1. I believe in the value of the book, which keeps something irreplaceable, and in the necessity of fighting to secure its respect.
  2. No one gets angry at a mathematician or a physicist whom he or she doesn’t understand, or at someone who speaks a foreign language, but rather at someone who tampers with your own language.
  3. What cannot be said above all must not be silenced but written.
  4. But psychoanalysis has taught that the dead—a dead parent, for example—can be more alive for us, more powerful, more scary, than the living. It is the question of ghosts.
  5. I always dream of a pen that would be a syringe.
  6. The traditional statement about language is that it is in itself living, and that writing is the dead part of language.
  7. Learning to live ought to mean learning to die - to acknowledge, to accept, an absolute mortality - without positive outcome, or resurrection, or redemption, for oneself or for anyone else. That has been the old philosophical injunction since Plato: to be a philosopher is to learn how to die.

Derrida was a French philosopher who published more than 40 books, as well as hundreds of essays. He is best known for developing a form of semiotic analysis known as deconstruction. He is one of the major figures associated with post-modern philosophy.

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— 1 week ago with 63 notes
#Jacques Derrida  #Literary Birthday  #Writers Write  #Amanda Patterson 
Happy Birthday, Jeff Lindsay, born 14 July 1952
Seven Quotes
What my research told me is that a psychopath cannot change. You’re born like that.
I wake up between three and four a.m. and work until it’s time to get the kids up. I’m the cook in the family so I cook the breakfasts and make the lunches. Then they go off to school and I go to the gym, come back, and usually get another hour or two of mostly re-writing done.
I have to plot the whole thing out, but I don’t always stick with it.
Anytime somebody is absolutely certain about something, they are almost always absolutely wrong.
Life would certainly be easier if we all came equipped with our own personal FAQ lists. When we meet someone, we could pass them a business card with the list on the back, and then step back and let them read before we tried to talk.
Pretending is the basis of civilised society, and it is sometimes necessary for all of us. Without it we are nothing more than a pack of snarling dogs.
Writing at any time is difficult. Because in order to do it you have to leave yourself wide open, which lets in a lot of stuff you don’t want to deal with. That’s always problematic, dealing with the other stuff and still maintaining focus. I am a total neurotic, so there were times when I was thinking, the first book wasn’t very good; why don’t I just die? And there were times when I was thinking, how can I write a book as good as the first book? It went back and forth like that.
Lindsay (born Jeffry P. Freundlich) is a crime novelist best known for his novels about sociopathic vigilante Dexter Morgan. 
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Jeff Lindsay, born 14 July 1952

Seven Quotes

  1. What my research told me is that a psychopath cannot change. You’re born like that.
  2. I wake up between three and four a.m. and work until it’s time to get the kids up. I’m the cook in the family so I cook the breakfasts and make the lunches. Then they go off to school and I go to the gym, come back, and usually get another hour or two of mostly re-writing done.
  3. I have to plot the whole thing out, but I don’t always stick with it.
  4. Anytime somebody is absolutely certain about something, they are almost always absolutely wrong.
  5. Life would certainly be easier if we all came equipped with our own personal FAQ lists. When we meet someone, we could pass them a business card with the list on the back, and then step back and let them read before we tried to talk.
  6. Pretending is the basis of civilised society, and it is sometimes necessary for all of us. Without it we are nothing more than a pack of snarling dogs.
  7. Writing at any time is difficult. Because in order to do it you have to leave yourself wide open, which lets in a lot of stuff you don’t want to deal with. That’s always problematic, dealing with the other stuff and still maintaining focus. I am a total neurotic, so there were times when I was thinking, the first book wasn’t very good; why don’t I just die? And there were times when I was thinking, how can I write a book as good as the first book? It went back and forth like that.

Lindsay (born Jeffry P. Freundlich) is a crime novelist best known for his novels about sociopathic vigilante Dexter Morgan. 

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