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I am a writer. I create innovative creative and business writing courses. I inspire others to tell their stories. My company's name is Writers Write. My email address is amanda@writerswrite.co.za

Happy Birthday, Frank Cottrell Boyce, born 23 September 1959
10 Quotes
I write because it’s a chance to remind people of just how miraculous and amazing ordinary things are.
I think it’s really important who you write for. A lot of writers say they write to please themselves, which is really pure and good, but I was taken aback when I went to Misheel’s school by how much I wanted to reach the children, please them, make them laugh.
I don’t think films ever change people the way books change people.
I was no great shakes at primary school. Then I got ill and had to stay in bed for a few days and that’s when I read Ursula le Guinrsqus A Wizard of Earthsea - and the way she writes about magic and knowledge in that book made me see for the first time that knowing stuff and learning things was really important and exciting. That book made me clever! In a single afternoon. I’ve never forgotten just how much I owe and what a massive impact that book had on me.
Being read to at school changed my life.
Keep a diary. Not a big soulful one. Buy yourself an oxfam diary – which has great pictures but not much room to write – and just write one sentence per day. Not about yourself. About something funny / sad / strange you saw or heard. It’s a great discipline and at the end, you’ve got a really good read.
I want them to laugh. It’s important to me. There are a lot of people telling kids life isn’t worth living. I want to tell them it’s great.
When I was in year six, I wrote an essay in class that had some jokes in it. The teacher thought it was funny so she read it out to the class. 
Novels are hard because you’ve got to have total faith in yourself and no one is going to reassure you till you’ve finished. You start getting feedback from your screenplay before you start writing. With a book, you’re on your own.
People possess books in the way they never do film. You live with a book for weeks and books soak up the circumstances in which you read them. You remember you read it on the beach, or on the train. You own a book in the way you never own a film.
Boyce is a British screenwriter and novelist, known for his children’s fiction and for his collaborations with film director Michael Winterbottom. Boyce won the 2004 Carnegie Medal for Millions, and the 2012 Guardian Prize for The Unforgotten Coat.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Frank Cottrell Boyce, born 23 September 1959

10 Quotes

  1. I write because it’s a chance to remind people of just how miraculous and amazing ordinary things are.
  2. I think it’s really important who you write for. A lot of writers say they write to please themselves, which is really pure and good, but I was taken aback when I went to Misheel’s school by how much I wanted to reach the children, please them, make them laugh.
  3. I don’t think films ever change people the way books change people.
  4. I was no great shakes at primary school. Then I got ill and had to stay in bed for a few days and that’s when I read Ursula le Guinrsqus A Wizard of Earthsea - and the way she writes about magic and knowledge in that book made me see for the first time that knowing stuff and learning things was really important and exciting. That book made me clever! In a single afternoon. I’ve never forgotten just how much I owe and what a massive impact that book had on me.
  5. Being read to at school changed my life.
  6. Keep a diary. Not a big soulful one. Buy yourself an oxfam diary – which has great pictures but not much room to write – and just write one sentence per day. Not about yourself. About something funny / sad / strange you saw or heard. It’s a great discipline and at the end, you’ve got a really good read.
  7. I want them to laugh. It’s important to me. There are a lot of people telling kids life isn’t worth living. I want to tell them it’s great.
  8. When I was in year six, I wrote an essay in class that had some jokes in it. The teacher thought it was funny so she read it out to the class. 
  9. Novels are hard because you’ve got to have total faith in yourself and no one is going to reassure you till you’ve finished. You start getting feedback from your screenplay before you start writing. With a book, you’re on your own.
  10. People possess books in the way they never do film. You live with a book for weeks and books soak up the circumstances in which you read them. You remember you read it on the beach, or on the train. You own a book in the way you never own a film.

Boyce is a British screenwriter and novelist, known for his children’s fiction and for his collaborations with film director Michael Winterbottom. Boyce won the 2004 Carnegie Medal for Millions, and the 2012 Guardian Prize for The Unforgotten Coat.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

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#Frank Cottrell Boyce  #Amanda Patterson  #Literary Birthday 
Happy Birthday, Alice Meynell, born 22 September 1847, died 27 November 1922
Seven Quotes
Happiness is not a matter of events, it depends upon the tides of the mind.
There is something very cheerful and courageous in the setting-out of a child on a journey of speech with so small baggage and with so much confidence.
If life is not always poetical, it is at least metrical.
Dialect is the elf rather than the genius of place.
If there is a look of human eyes that tells of perpetual loneliness, so there is also the familiar look that is the sign of perpetual crowds.
The sense of humour has other things to do than to make itself conspicuous in the act of laughter.
Difficult thoughts are quite distinct from difficult words. Difficulty of thought is the very heart of poetry.
Meynell was an English writer, editor, critic, and suffragist. She is remembered mainly as a poet.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Alice Meynell, born 22 September 1847, died 27 November 1922

Seven Quotes

  1. Happiness is not a matter of events, it depends upon the tides of the mind.
  2. There is something very cheerful and courageous in the setting-out of a child on a journey of speech with so small baggage and with so much confidence.
  3. If life is not always poetical, it is at least metrical.
  4. Dialect is the elf rather than the genius of place.
  5. If there is a look of human eyes that tells of perpetual loneliness, so there is also the familiar look that is the sign of perpetual crowds.
  6. The sense of humour has other things to do than to make itself conspicuous in the act of laughter.
  7. Difficult thoughts are quite distinct from difficult words. Difficulty of thought is the very heart of poetry.

Meynell was an English writer, editor, critic, and suffragist. She is remembered mainly as a poet.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 1 day ago with 32 notes
#Alice Meynell  #Amanda Patterson  #Literary Birthday 
Banned Books Week - The 10 most challenged titles of 2013 →

21-27 September 2014 is Banned Books Week

What is Banned Books Week?

Banned Books Week is the book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, book stores and libraries. More than 11 000 books have been challenged since 1982.

The 10 most challenged titles of 2013 were:

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
    Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
    Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
    Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

If you want to find out which books were the most challenged over the past 13 years, follow this link: The Top Ten Challenged Books Lists: 2001-2013

by Amanda Patterson

— 2 days ago with 408 notes
#Banned Books Week  #Amanda Patterson  #Writers Write 
Happy Birthday, Sarah Rees Brennan, born 21 September 1983
Nine Quotes
Real life is sometimes boring, rarely conclusive and boy, does the dialogue need work.
I write a chapter plan, constructing plot with several helpful critique partners, and I try to follow it. I think the hardest part of writing a novel is the middle part, where you don’t remember why you started and can’t imagine how you’re going to finish.
Before I was published, I really had no idea what  being published entailed: how suddenly I would have to learn, and come to care passionately about, covers and distributions and awards and what hills to die on when you’re editing and how to coax marketing departments and promotional items, and so much else I never dreamed of. It’s like a life-long apprenticeship: you keep on learning. Be ready for the learning!
Write what you want to read. Real enthusiasm sets other people on fire too – and that creates trends.
Think about what your characters want, and what they’re going to get.
Read, a huge amount, and everything you can lay your hands on, in your genre and out.
I have a sort of nebulous audience! A mythical, magical THEY who never really bear any resemblance to the readers I actually have. But I sit there cackling and going ‘THEY will be so upset’ and ‘I hope THEY love this part like I do!’
Find writers who write what you write, with what you feel is a similar sensibility – find out who their agents are (it’ll be in the back of their books) and submit to them!
Horrible things often happen in children’s fiction. Parents have about the same life expectancy as a little piggy in a straw house. But children’s fiction is a genre with a lot of hope in it, a promise of resilience, and in the end, I hold with neither fire nor ice. I am a sucker for a happy ending.
Brennan is an Irish writer. She is best known for young-adult fantasy fiction. She is the author of The Lynburn Legacy and The Demon’s Lexicon series.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Sarah Rees Brennan, born 21 September 1983

Nine Quotes

  1. Real life is sometimes boring, rarely conclusive and boy, does the dialogue need work.
  2. I write a chapter plan, constructing plot with several helpful critique partners, and I try to follow it. I think the hardest part of writing a novel is the middle part, where you don’t remember why you started and can’t imagine how you’re going to finish.
  3. Before I was published, I really had no idea what  being published entailed: how suddenly I would have to learn, and come to care passionately about, covers and distributions and awards and what hills to die on when you’re editing and how to coax marketing departments and promotional items, and so much else I never dreamed of. It’s like a life-long apprenticeship: you keep on learning. Be ready for the learning!
  4. Write what you want to read. Real enthusiasm sets other people on fire too – and that creates trends.
  5. Think about what your characters want, and what they’re going to get.
  6. Read, a huge amount, and everything you can lay your hands on, in your genre and out.
  7. I have a sort of nebulous audience! A mythical, magical THEY who never really bear any resemblance to the readers I actually have. But I sit there cackling and going ‘THEY will be so upset’ and ‘I hope THEY love this part like I do!’
  8. Find writers who write what you write, with what you feel is a similar sensibility – find out who their agents are (it’ll be in the back of their books) and submit to them!
  9. Horrible things often happen in children’s fiction. Parents have about the same life expectancy as a little piggy in a straw house. But children’s fiction is a genre with a lot of hope in it, a promise of resilience, and in the end, I hold with neither fire nor ice. I am a sucker for a happy ending.

Brennan is an Irish writer. She is best known for young-adult fantasy fiction. She is the author of The Lynburn Legacy and The Demon’s Lexicon series.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 2 days ago with 70 notes
#Amanda Patterson  #sarah rees brennan  #Literary Birthday 
Happy Birthday, Donald Hall, born 20 September 1928
Seven Quotes
Literature starts by being personal, but the deeper we go inside the more we become everybody.
My advice to young poets is pretty standard—read the old people. Read the 17th century. Don’t just read 20th century. Sometimes you get the impression that people think that poetry began in 1984 or something. And read the old boys and revise. Revise endlessly.
I read poems for the pleasure of the mouth. My heart is in my mouth, and the sound of poetry is the way in.
My body causes me trouble when I cross the room, but when I am sitting down writing, I am in my heaven — my old heaven. I began writing when I was 12, I don’t think very well. But I’ve been doing it my whole life. It’s been the centre of my life, with loves and children, but writing is something I have that not everyone has that I adore.
Opposites are attracted when each one is anxious about its own character.
At the beginning, my poems had nothing to do with me, almost all of them. As my life has gone on, one thing I’ve said is I began writing fully clothed and I took off my clothes bit by bit. Now I’m writing naked.
You can not write to be immortal because you will never know. It’s impossible. Just write as well as you can and don’t speculate about whether you will be Chaucer or Shakespeare.
Hall is an American poet, writer, editor and literary critic. He is the author of over 50 books including works of children’s literature, biography, memoir, essays, and 22 volumes of poetry. He was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States from 2006-2007.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Donald Hall, born 20 September 1928

Seven Quotes

  1. Literature starts by being personal, but the deeper we go inside the more we become everybody.
  2. My advice to young poets is pretty standard—read the old people. Read the 17th century. Don’t just read 20th century. Sometimes you get the impression that people think that poetry began in 1984 or something. And read the old boys and revise. Revise endlessly.
  3. I read poems for the pleasure of the mouth. My heart is in my mouth, and the sound of poetry is the way in.
  4. My body causes me trouble when I cross the room, but when I am sitting down writing, I am in my heaven — my old heaven. I began writing when I was 12, I don’t think very well. But I’ve been doing it my whole life. It’s been the centre of my life, with loves and children, but writing is something I have that not everyone has that I adore.
  5. Opposites are attracted when each one is anxious about its own character.
  6. At the beginning, my poems had nothing to do with me, almost all of them. As my life has gone on, one thing I’ve said is I began writing fully clothed and I took off my clothes bit by bit. Now I’m writing naked.
  7. You can not write to be immortal because you will never know. It’s impossible. Just write as well as you can and don’t speculate about whether you will be Chaucer or Shakespeare.

Hall is an American poet, writer, editor and literary critic. He is the author of over 50 books including works of children’s literature, biography, memoir, essays, and 22 volumes of poetry. He was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States from 2006-2007.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 3 days ago with 53 notes
#Donald Hall  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson 
Happy Birthday, Keorapetse William Kgositsile,  born 19 September 1938
Seven Quotes
What you know is merely a point of departure. So let’s move.
All things come to pass When they do, if they do All things come to their end When they do, as they do…
University degrees, including doctoral ones, should never be allowed to be terminal, like an illness. It does not stop with being awarded a degree. It can never be a destination; it remains, permanently, a road to be travelled. And that pursuit for knowledge can never be for its own sake; it must be used as an instrument to equip us to be of better service to society; an instrument to enable us to be instrumental agents of our historic mission, which is to create a better future for the majority of our people.
In a situation of oppression, there are no choices beyond didactic writing: either you are a tool of oppression or an instrument of liberation.
But any Time is with us. And if we take control to shape our attitude and reshape our memories, that time is always now, - our time for the best possible uses of our lives.
Beware, my son, words that carry the loudnesses of blind desire also carry the slime of illusion dripping like pus from the slave’s battered back.
Those things in life that matter will give you pain as you learn to understand life.
Kgositsile, also known as ‘Bra Willie’ is a South African poet and political activist. He published his most influential collection My Name is Afrika, in 1971, which established him as a leading African poet. He was inaugurated as South Africa’s National Poet Laureate in 2006.
by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Keorapetse William Kgositsile,  born 19 September 1938

Seven Quotes

  1. What you know is merely a point of departure. So let’s move.
  2. All things come to pass When they do, if they do All things come to their end When they do, as they do…
  3. University degrees, including doctoral ones, should never be allowed to be terminal, like an illness. It does not stop with being awarded a degree. It can never be a destination; it remains, permanently, a road to be travelled. And that pursuit for knowledge can never be for its own sake; it must be used as an instrument to equip us to be of better service to society; an instrument to enable us to be instrumental agents of our historic mission, which is to create a better future for the majority of our people.
  4. In a situation of oppression, there are no choices beyond didactic writing: either you are a tool of oppression or an instrument of liberation.
  5. But any Time is with us. And if we take control to shape our attitude and reshape our memories, that time is always now, - our time for the best possible uses of our lives.
  6. Beware, my son, words that carry the loudnesses of blind desire also carry the slime of illusion dripping like pus from the slave’s battered back.
  7. Those things in life that matter will give you pain as you learn to understand life.

Kgositsilealso known as ‘Bra Willie’ is a South African poet and political activist. He published his most influential collection My Name is Afrika, in 1971, which established him as a leading African poet. He was inaugurated as South Africa’s National Poet Laureate in 2006.

by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 4 days ago with 65 notes
#Keorapetse William Kgositsile  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson 
Happy Birthday, Anna Deavere Smith, born 18 September 1950
10 Quotes
Each person has a literature inside them.
You are an explorer. You understand that every time you go into the studio, you are after something that does not yet exist.
Discipline — both mental and physical — is crucial.
Artists are the people that no matter what, pick up the pen, pick up a paintbrush. They take the time to translate what is happening to create something that resonates deeply with the rest of the people that are caught in the middle of their own reality.
Learning is a tunnel experience that makes us think more broadly.
We spend so much time bantering about the words when the real open conversations might very well be our actions. I worry about our rhetoric.
Even jealousy is based on fantasies: a fantasy that someone else has what belongs to you.
I am interested in personal stories because that’s when people become expressive, spontaneous and heartfelt.
You can teach technical things. You can teach people critical facilities. You can give them techniques. You can teach discipline. And you can teach them about the business. So, yes, I think there’s quite a lot that we can teach.
You know, interesting minds usually do hold more than one idea at a time.
Deavere Smith is an American playwright, professor, and actor.  She is also the author of Letters to a Young Artist: Straight-up Advice on Making a Life in the Arts – For Actors, Performers, Writers, and Artists of Every Kind
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Anna Deavere Smith, born 18 September 1950

10 Quotes

  1. Each person has a literature inside them.
  2. You are an explorer. You understand that every time you go into the studio, you are after something that does not yet exist.
  3. Discipline — both mental and physical — is crucial.
  4. Artists are the people that no matter what, pick up the pen, pick up a paintbrush. They take the time to translate what is happening to create something that resonates deeply with the rest of the people that are caught in the middle of their own reality.
  5. Learning is a tunnel experience that makes us think more broadly.
  6. We spend so much time bantering about the words when the real open conversations might very well be our actions. I worry about our rhetoric.
  7. Even jealousy is based on fantasies: a fantasy that someone else has what belongs to you.
  8. I am interested in personal stories because that’s when people become expressive, spontaneous and heartfelt.
  9. You can teach technical things. You can teach people critical facilities. You can give them techniques. You can teach discipline. And you can teach them about the business. So, yes, I think there’s quite a lot that we can teach.
  10. You know, interesting minds usually do hold more than one idea at a time.

Deavere Smith is an American playwright, professor, and actor.  She is also the author of Letters to a Young Artist: Straight-up Advice on Making a Life in the Arts – For Actors, Performers, Writers, and Artists of Every Kind

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— 5 days ago with 61 notes
#Anna Deavere Smith  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson 
Happy Birthday, Gail Carson Levine, born 17 September 1947
The Writer’s Oath 
I promise solemnly: 1. to write as often and as much as I can, 2. to respect my writing self, and 3. to nurture the writing of others. I accept these responsibilities and shall honour them always.
10 Quotes
Establish writing habits, whatever they are, a particular time to write, a number of pages that have to be written, a time goal. If you choose my method, the time goal, write it down as you go. Don’t let it be vague.
Know that you are a writer and your obligation, possibly your calling, is to write. Writing is your fallback position. As much as you can, avoid judging your work. When you find yourself doing it, shift your thoughts elsewhere. 
There’s nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over. When you do, the words get inside you, become a part of you, in a way that words in a book you’ve read only once can’t.
A library is infinity under a roof.
Why do you keep reading a book? Usually to find out what happens. Why do you give up and stop reading it? There may be lots of reasons. But often the answer is you don’t care what happens. So what makes the difference between caring and not caring? The author’s cruelty. And the reader’s sympathy … it takes a mean author to write a good story.
It is helpful to know the proper way to behave, so one can decide whether or not to be proper.
When you become a teenager, you step onto a bridge. You may already be on it. The opposite shore is adulthood. Childhood lies behind. The bridge is made of wood. As you cross, it burns behind you.
As for my characters, I discover them as I write. When they feel blank I use the character questionnaire you can find in Writing Magic. The one thing I do do is visualize. I need to see my characters moving through a scene, to know where they are and what they’re seeing, hearing, touching, smelling.
When I write, I make discoveries about my feelings.
The reason I work anywhere is because I trained myself to be able to many years ago after reading Becoming A Writer  by Dorothea Brande. I travel a fair amount, and I don’t want my work to grind to a halt whenever I leave home. People who can  write only when the moon is full and the stars are in a certain alignment don’t finish many books. 
Read more on Gail’s Blog
Levine is an American author of young adult books. Her first novel, Ella Enchanted, received a Newbery Honour.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Gail Carson Levine, born 17 September 1947

The Writer’s Oath 

I promise solemnly: 
1. to write as often and as much as I can, 
2. to respect my writing self, and 
3. to nurture the writing of others. 
I accept these responsibilities and shall honour them always.

10 Quotes

  1. Establish writing habits, whatever they are, a particular time to write, a number of pages that have to be written, a time goal. If you choose my method, the time goal, write it down as you go. Don’t let it be vague.
  2. Know that you are a writer and your obligation, possibly your calling, is to write. Writing is your fallback position. As much as you can, avoid judging your work. When you find yourself doing it, shift your thoughts elsewhere. 
  3. There’s nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over. When you do, the words get inside you, become a part of you, in a way that words in a book you’ve read only once can’t.
  4. A library is infinity under a roof.
  5. Why do you keep reading a book? Usually to find out what happens. Why do you give up and stop reading it? There may be lots of reasons. But often the answer is you don’t care what happens. So what makes the difference between caring and not caring? The author’s cruelty. And the reader’s sympathy … it takes a mean author to write a good story.
  6. It is helpful to know the proper way to behave, so one can decide whether or not to be proper.
  7. When you become a teenager, you step onto a bridge. You may already be on it. The opposite shore is adulthood. Childhood lies behind. The bridge is made of wood. As you cross, it burns behind you.
  8. As for my characters, I discover them as I write. When they feel blank I use the character questionnaire you can find in Writing Magic. The one thing I do do is visualize. I need to see my characters moving through a scene, to know where they are and what they’re seeing, hearing, touching, smelling.
  9. When I write, I make discoveries about my feelings.
  10. The reason I work anywhere is because I trained myself to be able to many years ago after reading Becoming A Writer  by Dorothea Brande. I travel a fair amount, and I don’t want my work to grind to a halt whenever I leave home. People who can  write only when the moon is full and the stars are in a certain alignment don’t finish many books. 

Read more on Gail’s Blog

Levine is an American author of young adult books. Her first novel, Ella Enchanted, received a Newbery Honour.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 6 days ago with 126 notes
#Gail Carson Levine  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson 
Literary Birthday - 17 September
Happy Birthday, William Carlos Williams, born 17 September 1883, died 4 March 1963
Nine Quotes
My first poem was a bolt from the blue … it broke a spell of disillusion and suicidal despondence. … it filled me with soul satisfying joy.
In description words adhere to certain objects, and have the effect on the sense of oysters, or barnacles.
If they give you lined paper, write the other way.
One thing I am convinced more and more is true and that is this: the only way to be truly happy is to make others happy. When you realize that and take advantage of the fact, everything is made perfect.
The job of the poet is to use language effectively, his own language, the only language which is to him authentic.
I keep writing largely because I get a satisfaction from it which can’t be duplicated elsewhere. It fills the moments which otherwise are either terrifying or depressed. 
I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.
But all art is sensual and poetry particularly so. It is directly, that is, of the senses, and since the senses do not exist without an object for their employment all art is necessarily objective. It doesn’t declaim or explain, it presents.
Poets are damned but they are not blind, they see with the eyes of angels.
Williams was an American poet closely associated with modernism and imagism. He was also a paediatrician. Williams, ‘worked harder at being a writer than he did at being a physician’, but excelled at both.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Literary Birthday - 17 September

Happy Birthday, William Carlos Williams, born 17 September 1883, died 4 March 1963

Nine Quotes

  1. My first poem was a bolt from the blue … it broke a spell of disillusion and suicidal despondence. … it filled me with soul satisfying joy.
  2. In description words adhere to certain objects, and have the effect on the sense of oysters, or barnacles.
  3. If they give you lined paper, write the other way.
  4. One thing I am convinced more and more is true and that is this: the only way to be truly happy is to make others happy. When you realize that and take advantage of the fact, everything is made perfect.
  5. The job of the poet is to use language effectively, his own language, the only language which is to him authentic.
  6. I keep writing largely because I get a satisfaction from it which can’t be duplicated elsewhere. It fills the moments which otherwise are either terrifying or depressed. 
  7. I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.
  8. But all art is sensual and poetry particularly so. It is directly, that is, of the senses, and since the senses do not exist without an object for their employment all art is necessarily objective. It doesn’t declaim or explain, it presents.
  9. Poets are damned but they are not blind, they see with the eyes of angels.

Williams was an American poet closely associated with modernism and imagism. He was also a paediatrician. Williams, ‘worked harder at being a writer than he did at being a physician’, but excelled at both.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 6 days ago with 57 notes
#william carlos williams  #lit  #literary birthday  #amanda patterson  #writers write 
Happy Birthday, John Knowles, born 16 September 1926, died 29 November 2001
Six Quotes
Nothing endures. Not a tree. Not love. Not even death by violence.
It is a sad day when one looks back and sees that his largest regrets have become some of the most integral elements of his dreams.
There was no harm in taking aim, even if the target was a dream.
You have to do what you think is the right thing, but just make sure it’s the right thing in the long run, and not just for the moment.
Everything has to evolve or else it perishes.
In life, it’s the look ahead that counts. We are all born equally far from the sun. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love.
Knowles was an American novelist who won the William Faulkner Award and the Rosenthal Award of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He was best known for A Separate Peace. 
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Happy Birthday, John Knowles, born 16 September 1926, died 29 November 2001

Six Quotes

  1. Nothing endures. Not a tree. Not love. Not even death by violence.
  2. It is a sad day when one looks back and sees that his largest regrets have become some of the most integral elements of his dreams.
  3. There was no harm in taking aim, even if the target was a dream.
  4. You have to do what you think is the right thing, but just make sure it’s the right thing in the long run, and not just for the moment.
  5. Everything has to evolve or else it perishes.
  6. In life, it’s the look ahead that counts. We are all born equally far from the sun. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love.

Knowles was an American novelist who won the William Faulkner Award and the Rosenthal Award of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He was best known for A Separate Peace

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Three simple ways to get your hero to make a stand →

‘The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there…and still on your feet.’ Stephen King

Readers do not want to read books about eternal cowards, characters who avoid problems, and people who never learn to fight back. 

As a reader, I am not looking for superman in every character, but I do want characters to find that extraordinary something they never knew they had, or to admit that they will never have it. I want them to make a stand. If they don’t, I feel as if I am watching a tacky reality television show where nothing changes. But how do novelists get characters to make this stand? 

If you are struggling to get your character to show his true colours, here are three ways to force your hero to act:

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Happy Birthday, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, born 15 September 1977
12 Quotes
I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.
I have been writing since I was old enough to spell. I have never considered not writing.
The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.
Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.
Racism should never have happened and so you don’t get a cookie for reducing it.
Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.
If you don’t understand, ask questions. If you’re uncomfortable about asking questions, say you are uncomfortable about asking questions and then ask anyway.
Because of writers like Chinua Achebe and Camara Laye … I realized that people like me, girls with skin the colour of chocolate, whose kinky hair could not form ponytails, could also exist in literature.
You can’t write a script in your mind and then force yourself to follow it. You have to let yourself be.
The best novels are those that are important without being like medicine; they have something to say, are expansive and intelligent but never forget to be entertaining and to have character and emotion at their centre.
I write from real life. I am an unrepentant eavesdropper and a collector of stories. I record bits of overheard dialogue.
Our histories cling to us. We are shaped by where we come from.
Adichie is a Nigerian writer. Her best known novels are Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Americanah.
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Happy Birthday, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, born 15 September 1977

12 Quotes

  1. I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.
  2. I have been writing since I was old enough to spell. I have never considered not writing.
  3. The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.
  4. Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.
  5. Racism should never have happened and so you don’t get a cookie for reducing it.
  6. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.
  7. If you don’t understand, ask questions. If you’re uncomfortable about asking questions, say you are uncomfortable about asking questions and then ask anyway.
  8. Because of writers like Chinua Achebe and Camara Laye … I realized that people like me, girls with skin the colour of chocolate, whose kinky hair could not form ponytails, could also exist in literature.
  9. You can’t write a script in your mind and then force yourself to follow it. You have to let yourself be.
  10. The best novels are those that are important without being like medicine; they have something to say, are expansive and intelligent but never forget to be entertaining and to have character and emotion at their centre.
  11. I write from real life. I am an unrepentant eavesdropper and a collector of stories. I record bits of overheard dialogue.
  12. Our histories cling to us. We are shaped by where we come from.

Adichie is a Nigerian writer. Her best known novels are Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Americanah.

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Happy Birthday, Jean Renoir, born 15 September 1894, died 12 February 1979
Seven Quotes
The truly terrible thing is that everybody has their reasons.
All great art is abstract.
The average object in highly technological eras is ugly. Only the great artists are the exceptions. We live in an era in which one must be a great artist or nothing.
Is it possible to succeed without any act of betrayal?
A director makes only one movie in his life. Then he breaks it into pieces and makes it again.
The foundation of all civilization is loitering.
My dream is of a craftsman’s cinema in which the author can express himself as directly as the painter in his paintings or the writer in his books.
Renoir was a French film director, screenwriter, actor, producer and author. As a director and actor, he made more than forty films. As an author, he wrote the definitive biography of his father, the painter, Renoir, My Father. 
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Happy Birthday, Jean Renoir, born 15 September 1894, died 12 February 1979

Seven Quotes

  1. The truly terrible thing is that everybody has their reasons.
  2. All great art is abstract.
  3. The average object in highly technological eras is ugly. Only the great artists are the exceptions. We live in an era in which one must be a great artist or nothing.
  4. Is it possible to succeed without any act of betrayal?
  5. A director makes only one movie in his life. Then he breaks it into pieces and makes it again.
  6. The foundation of all civilization is loitering.
  7. My dream is of a craftsman’s cinema in which the author can express himself as directly as the painter in his paintings or the writer in his books.

Renoir was a French film director, screenwriter, actor, producer and author. As a director and actor, he made more than forty films. As an author, he wrote the definitive biography of his father, the painter, Renoir, My Father. 

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Happy Birthday, Bernard MacLaverty, born 14 September 1942
Nine Quotes
Writing is a very lonely occupation.
I have a great fondness for short stories. But I would hope that I take as much care in writing a novel as I would in writing a short story. People often say that in short stories every word has to count, but I would say the same for novels.
It’s the pleasures of telling a story, that’s what keeps me going.
People had always told me that I needed to have a novel for my first book, but I’d all these stories that I’d been writing until we left Belfast. So I thought I’d send them to a Belfast publisher, and when they were accepted by Blackstaff I was delighted. But I also panicked and immediately began to rewrite them all. It’s one thing for a publisher to like them, but the thought that other people would actually read them was terrifying.
The short story is not a pint at the bar – it’s having a dram of an evening to yourself.
But anger is one of the things that makes you write. If you fume at people killing other people you eventually ask what is it, within your compass, that you can do. For me, the best I could do was write.
If you build enough dry-stone dykes, eventually you get better at it. That doesn’t seem to be the case with writing. You might get better at assembling sentences, but you still seem to have to start again with everything else.
Writers, somehow or other, are people who have not lost the ability to play. 
Work with no result is something in a writer’s life that’s very galling.
MacLaverty is an Irish writer. He is the author of the novels Lamb, Cal, Grace Notes, and The Anatomy School.Lamb and Cal have been made into major films for which he wrote the screenplays. He has won many major awards. He has also written five collections of short stories.
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Happy Birthday, Bernard MacLaverty, born 14 September 1942

Nine Quotes

  1. Writing is a very lonely occupation.
  2. I have a great fondness for short stories. But I would hope that I take as much care in writing a novel as I would in writing a short story. People often say that in short stories every word has to count, but I would say the same for novels.
  3. It’s the pleasures of telling a story, that’s what keeps me going.
  4. People had always told me that I needed to have a novel for my first book, but I’d all these stories that I’d been writing until we left Belfast. So I thought I’d send them to a Belfast publisher, and when they were accepted by Blackstaff I was delighted. But I also panicked and immediately began to rewrite them all. It’s one thing for a publisher to like them, but the thought that other people would actually read them was terrifying.
  5. The short story is not a pint at the bar – it’s having a dram of an evening to yourself.
  6. But anger is one of the things that makes you write. If you fume at people killing other people you eventually ask what is it, within your compass, that you can do. For me, the best I could do was write.
  7. If you build enough dry-stone dykes, eventually you get better at it. That doesn’t seem to be the case with writing. You might get better at assembling sentences, but you still seem to have to start again with everything else.
  8. Writers, somehow or other, are people who have not lost the ability to play. 
  9. Work with no result is something in a writer’s life that’s very galling.

MacLaverty is an Irish writer. He is the author of the novels LambCalGrace Notes, and The Anatomy School.Lamb and Cal have been made into major films for which he wrote the screenplays. He has won many major awards. He has also written five collections of short stories.

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Roald Dahl Day - Five quite interesting facts about the author →
13 September is known as Roald Dahl Day.
Roald Dahl was born 13 September 1916, and died 23 November 1990. He was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, fighter pilot and screenwriter. He became one of the world’s best-selling authors. Follow this link for 12 of our favourite Roald Dahl quotes.
Five quite interesting facts about Roald Dahl 
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