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Happy Birthday, Eugene Field, born 2 September 1850, died 4 November 1895
Five Quotes
No book can be appreciated until it has been slept with and dreamed over.
Not so, however, with books, for books cannot change. A thousand years hence they are what you find them to-day, speaking the same words, holding forth the same cheer, the same promise, the same comfort; always constant, laughing with those who laugh and weeping with those who weep.
Ideas came with explosive immediacy, like an instant birth. Human thought is like a monstrous pendulum; it keeps swinging from one extreme to the other.
It always was the biggest fish I caught that got away. 
The best of all physicians is apple pie and cheese! 
Field was an American writer, best known for his children’s poetry and humorous essays.
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Happy Birthday, Eugene Field, born 2 September 1850, died 4 November 1895

Five Quotes

  1. No book can be appreciated until it has been slept with and dreamed over.
  2. Not so, however, with books, for books cannot change. A thousand years hence they are what you find them to-day, speaking the same words, holding forth the same cheer, the same promise, the same comfort; always constant, laughing with those who laugh and weeping with those who weep.
  3. Ideas came with explosive immediacy, like an instant birth. Human thought is like a monstrous pendulum; it keeps swinging from one extreme to the other.
  4. It always was the biggest fish I caught that got away. 
  5. The best of all physicians is apple pie and cheese! 

Field was an American writer, best known for his children’s poetry and humorous essays.

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#Eugene Field  #Literary Birthday  #amanda patterson 
Happy Birthday, Marguerite Gardiner, born 1 September 1789, died 4 June 1849
Seven Quotes
Happiness consists not in having much, but in being content with little.
A woman’s head is always influenced by heart; but a man’s heart by his head.
Conversation is the legs on which thought walks; and writing, the wings by which it flies.
Some people are capable of making great sacrifices, but few are capable of concealing how much the effort has cost them.
Wit is the lightning of the mind, reason the sunshine, and reflection the moonlight.
We never respect those who amuse us, however we may smile at their comic powers.
Talent, like beauty, to be pardoned, must be obscure and unostentatious.
Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington, was an Irish novelist.
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Happy Birthday, Marguerite Gardiner, born 1 September 1789, died 4 June 1849

Seven Quotes

  1. Happiness consists not in having much, but in being content with little.
  2. A woman’s head is always influenced by heart; but a man’s heart by his head.
  3. Conversation is the legs on which thought walks; and writing, the wings by which it flies.
  4. Some people are capable of making great sacrifices, but few are capable of concealing how much the effort has cost them.
  5. Wit is the lightning of the mind, reason the sunshine, and reflection the moonlight.
  6. We never respect those who amuse us, however we may smile at their comic powers.
  7. Talent, like beauty, to be pardoned, must be obscure and unostentatious.

Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington, was an Irish novelist.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 1 day ago with 51 notes
#Marguerite Gardiner  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson 
Happy Birthday, Kenneth Oppel, born 31 August 1967
Nine Quotes
For me the hard part of writing isn’t coming up with ideas — it’s shaping and developing an idea into a good story. I find writing very hard work, and I write and rewrite my stories many times before I’m happy with them. I think inspiration is a small part of the writing process; perseverance is equally, if not more, important!
When I was a kid, I wanted to be an architect — and I think there are some interesting similarities betweem architecture and writiing — the kind of writing I do, especially, which is heavily structured, and often takes the reader on a journey through a number of physical environment.
First I write an outline of the story, then a first draft, which might take up to six months. Then I try to take a break so I get a fresh perspective on the story when I come back to rewrite and revise. This takes several months. I find that rewriting is when the book gets really interesting — I understand the story and the characters much better the second time around!
If you want to become a writer, write. Write a diary, keep a notebook of your ideas, and write whatever it is you love to write: poems, or short stories, or longer works of fiction or non fiction.
Write about the things you love. That’s what I did when I was a teen. I wrote science fiction stories (a lot like Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, and other movies I loved); I wrote fantasy stories (like Dungeons andf Dragons, or Lord of the Rings), and I wrote a story about a kid addicted to video games (like me) — and that became my first published book, just as I was leaving high school.
When you write something, get as much feedback as you can. Parents, teachers, trusted friends. Every bit of intelligent criticism is valuable to you. Submit your work to student magazines and contests.
Always read as much as you can, because that will help you learn what kind of things you like to write best — and you can learn techniques from your favourite writers. What makes something scary, or sad, or exciting, or funny.
Don’t be discouraged if you have to rewrite a story many times. The biggest part of being a successful writer is rewriting, and having the discipline to stick with a story until it’s as good as it can be! 
In the end, the people who really have the passion and skill for writing will write — because there’s nothing else they’d rather do.
Oppel is a Canadian writer. He was written 27 books, which include the Silverwing and Airborn series.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Kenneth Oppel, born 31 August 1967

Nine Quotes

  1. For me the hard part of writing isn’t coming up with ideas — it’s shaping and developing an idea into a good story. I find writing very hard work, and I write and rewrite my stories many times before I’m happy with them. I think inspiration is a small part of the writing process; perseverance is equally, if not more, important!
  2. When I was a kid, I wanted to be an architect — and I think there are some interesting similarities betweem architecture and writiing — the kind of writing I do, especially, which is heavily structured, and often takes the reader on a journey through a number of physical environment.
  3. First I write an outline of the story, then a first draft, which might take up to six months. Then I try to take a break so I get a fresh perspective on the story when I come back to rewrite and revise. This takes several months. I find that rewriting is when the book gets really interesting — I understand the story and the characters much better the second time around!
  4. If you want to become a writer, write. Write a diary, keep a notebook of your ideas, and write whatever it is you love to write: poems, or short stories, or longer works of fiction or non fiction.
  5. Write about the things you love. That’s what I did when I was a teen. I wrote science fiction stories (a lot like Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, and other movies I loved); I wrote fantasy stories (like Dungeons andf Dragons, or Lord of the Rings), and I wrote a story about a kid addicted to video games (like me) — and that became my first published book, just as I was leaving high school.
  6. When you write something, get as much feedback as you can. Parents, teachers, trusted friends. Every bit of intelligent criticism is valuable to you. Submit your work to student magazines and contests.
  7. Always read as much as you can, because that will help you learn what kind of things you like to write best — and you can learn techniques from your favourite writers. What makes something scary, or sad, or exciting, or funny.
  8. Don’t be discouraged if you have to rewrite a story many times. The biggest part of being a successful writer is rewriting, and having the discipline to stick with a story until it’s as good as it can be!
  9. In the end, the people who really have the passion and skill for writing will write — because there’s nothing else they’d rather do.

Oppel is a Canadian writer. He was written 27 books, which include the Silverwing and Airborn series.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

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#Amanda Patterson  #Kenneth Oppel  #Literary Birthday 
Happy Birthday, Camilla Läckberg, born 30 August 1974
Five Quotes
One of the things I’m really good at is procrastinating.
Crime stories are our version of sitting round a camp fire and telling tales. We enjoy being scared under safe circumstances. That’s why there’s no tradition of crime writing in countries that have wars.
The pace of Swedish crime fiction is slower - Stieg Larsson’s the exception. And I think we use the environment more.
Northern Sweden holds a special kind of magic. It’s cold, lonely, and the people are tough and silent, or so the stereotype says. This is Asa Larsson’s home turf and I find as much joy in reading her closely observed descriptions of the environment, as in following her intriguing plots.
I’ve always viewed myself as a brand. When I started 10 years ago, that was very controversial. ‘Marketing’ and ‘PR’ were dirty words for the literary world, but that has changed. Once the book is finished, I want as many people as possible to read it.
Läckberg is a Swedish crime writer. Läckberg, who is sometimes called the Swedish Agatha Christie, became a writer after her husband and parents enrolled her in a creative writing course as a Christmas present. Her work has now been translated into 33 languages.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Camilla Läckberg, born 30 August 1974

Five Quotes

  1. One of the things I’m really good at is procrastinating.
  2. Crime stories are our version of sitting round a camp fire and telling tales. We enjoy being scared under safe circumstances. That’s why there’s no tradition of crime writing in countries that have wars.
  3. The pace of Swedish crime fiction is slower - Stieg Larsson’s the exception. And I think we use the environment more.
  4. Northern Sweden holds a special kind of magic. It’s cold, lonely, and the people are tough and silent, or so the stereotype says. This is Asa Larsson’s home turf and I find as much joy in reading her closely observed descriptions of the environment, as in following her intriguing plots.
  5. I’ve always viewed myself as a brand. When I started 10 years ago, that was very controversial. ‘Marketing’ and ‘PR’ were dirty words for the literary world, but that has changed. Once the book is finished, I want as many people as possible to read it.

Läckberg is a Swedish crime writer. Läckberg, who is sometimes called the Swedish Agatha Christie, became a writer after her husband and parents enrolled her in a creative writing course as a Christmas present. Her work has now been translated into 33 languages.

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#Camilla Läckberg  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson 
Happy Birthday, Thom Gunn, born 29 August 1929, died 25 April 2004
Five Quotes
As humans we look at things and think about what we’ve looked at. We treasure it in a kind of private art gallery.
A literary influence is never just a literary influence. It’s also an influence in the way you see everything - in the way you feel your life.
I admired what my students were writing, but I think their improvement doesn’t directly result from me but from being in a class, being with each other.
We control the content of our dreams.
Deep feeling doesn’t make for good poetry. A way with language would be a bit of help.
Gunn was an Anglo-American poet who is well-known for The Man With Night Sweats. He won numerous literary awards including the Levinson Prize, a Rockefeller Award, and the W. H. Smith Award. He was awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations.
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Happy Birthday, Thom Gunn, born 29 August 1929, died 25 April 2004

Five Quotes

  1. As humans we look at things and think about what we’ve looked at. We treasure it in a kind of private art gallery.
  2. A literary influence is never just a literary influence. It’s also an influence in the way you see everything - in the way you feel your life.
  3. I admired what my students were writing, but I think their improvement doesn’t directly result from me but from being in a class, being with each other.
  4. We control the content of our dreams.
  5. Deep feeling doesn’t make for good poetry. A way with language would be a bit of help.

Gunn was an Anglo-American poet who is well-known for The Man With Night Sweats. He won numerous literary awards including the Levinson Prize, a Rockefeller Award, and the W. H. Smith Award. He was awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations.

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#Thom Gunn  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson 
Literary Birthday - 28 August
Happy Birthday, Janet Frame, born 28 August 1924, died 29 January 2004
Seven Quotes
I like to see life with its teeth out.
Writing a novel is not merely going on a shopping expedition across the border to an unreal land: it is hours and years spent in the factories, the streets, the cathedrals of the imagination.
All writers are exiles wherever they live and their work is a lifelong journey towards the lost land.
Everything is always a story, but the loveliest ones are those that get written and are not torn up and are taken to a friend as payment for listening, for putting a wise keyhole to the ear of my mind.
There is no past, present or future. Using tenses to divide time is like making chalk marks on water.
A writer must stand on the rock of her self and her judgment or be swept away by the tide or sink in the quaking earth: there must be an inviolate place where the choices and decisions, however imperfect, are the writer’s own, where the decision must be as individual and solitary as birth or death.
I really love emailing, it’s like writing a poem in the sky.
Frame was a New Zealand author. She wrote 11 novels, four collections of short stories, a book of poetry, and three autobiographical volumes. Frame’s traumatic experiences as a young woman feature in Jane Campion’s popular film adaptation of An Angel at My Table. 
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Literary Birthday - 28 August

Happy Birthday, Janet Frame, born 28 August 1924, died 29 January 2004

Seven Quotes

  1. I like to see life with its teeth out.
  2. Writing a novel is not merely going on a shopping expedition across the border to an unreal land: it is hours and years spent in the factories, the streets, the cathedrals of the imagination.
  3. All writers are exiles wherever they live and their work is a lifelong journey towards the lost land.
  4. Everything is always a story, but the loveliest ones are those that get written and are not torn up and are taken to a friend as payment for listening, for putting a wise keyhole to the ear of my mind.
  5. There is no past, present or future. Using tenses to divide time is like making chalk marks on water.
  6. A writer must stand on the rock of her self and her judgment or be swept away by the tide or sink in the quaking earth: there must be an inviolate place where the choices and decisions, however imperfect, are the writer’s own, where the decision must be as individual and solitary as birth or death.
  7. I really love emailing, it’s like writing a poem in the sky.

Frame was a New Zealand author. She wrote 11 novels, four collections of short stories, a book of poetry, and three autobiographical volumes. Frame’s traumatic experiences as a young woman feature in Jane Campion’s popular film adaptation of An Angel at My Table

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#Janet Frame  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson  #Writers Write  #Lit 
Literary Birthday - 28 August
Happy Birthday, Tasha Tudor, born 28 August 1915, died 18 June 2008
Three Quotes
Why do women want to dress like men when they’re fortunate enough to be women? Why lose femininity, which is one of our greatest charms? We get more accomplished by being charming than we would be flaunting around in pants and smoking. I’m very fond of men. I think they are wonderful creatures. I love them dearly. But I don’t want to look like one. 
Whenever I get one of those questionnaires and they ask what is your profession, I always put down housewife. It’s an admirable profession, why apologize for it. You aren’t stupid because you’re a housewife. When you’re stirring the jam you can read Shakespeare.
Life isn’t long enough to do all you could accomplish. And what a privilege even to be alive. In spite of all the pollutions and horrors, how beautiful this world is. Supposing you only saw the stars once every year. Think what you would think. The wonder of it!
Tudor is one of America’s best-known and beloved illustrators and authors. Her first little story, Pumpkin Moonshine, was published in 1938. She illustrated nearly 100 books, the last being the 2003 release, The Corgiville Christmas. She believed she had lived before, in the 1830s and lived on a Vermont farm wearing period dresses, spinning wool, raising goats, and cultivating a garden. 
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Literary Birthday - 28 August

Happy Birthday, Tasha Tudor, born 28 August 1915, died 18 June 2008

Three Quotes

  1. Why do women want to dress like men when they’re fortunate enough to be women? Why lose femininity, which is one of our greatest charms? We get more accomplished by being charming than we would be flaunting around in pants and smoking. I’m very fond of men. I think they are wonderful creatures. I love them dearly. But I don’t want to look like one. 
  2. Whenever I get one of those questionnaires and they ask what is your profession, I always put down housewife. It’s an admirable profession, why apologize for it. You aren’t stupid because you’re a housewife. When you’re stirring the jam you can read Shakespeare.
  3. Life isn’t long enough to do all you could accomplish. And what a privilege even to be alive. In spite of all the pollutions and horrors, how beautiful this world is. Supposing you only saw the stars once every year. Think what you would think. The wonder of it!

Tudor is one of America’s best-known and beloved illustrators and authors. Her first little story, Pumpkin Moonshine, was published in 1938. She illustrated nearly 100 books, the last being the 2003 release, The Corgiville ChristmasShe believed she had lived before, in the 1830s and lived on a Vermont farm wearing period dresses, spinning wool, raising goats, and cultivating a garden. 

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 5 days ago with 65 notes
#Tasha Tudor  #lit  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson  #Writers Write 
Happy Birthday, Jill Lepore, born 27 August 1966
Five Quotes
The study of history requires investigation, imagination, empathy, and respect. Reverence just doesn’t enter into it.
History is hereditary only in this way: we, all of us, inherit everything, and then we choose what to cherish, what to disavow, and what do do next, which is why it’s worth trying to know where things come from.
Writing history requires empathy, inquiry, and debate. It requires forswearing condescension, cant, and nostalgia. The past isn’t quaint. Much of it, in fact, is bleak.
Innovation and disruption are ideas that originated in the arena of business but which have since been applied to arenas whose values and goals are remote from the values and goals of business. People aren’t disk drives. Public schools, colleges and universities, churches, museums, and many hospitals, all of which have been subjected to disruptive innovation, have revenues and expenses and infrastructures, but they aren’t industries in the same way that manufacturers of hard-disk drives or truck engines or drygoods are industries. 
…but everyone tries; trying is the human condition. All anyone can do is ask.
Lepore is an American professor and writer. She is chair of Harvard’s History and Literature Program. She writes for The New Yorker, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The American Scholar, among others. Her biography, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award for Nonfiction.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Jill Lepore, born 27 August 1966

Five Quotes

  1. The study of history requires investigation, imagination, empathy, and respect. Reverence just doesn’t enter into it.
  2. History is hereditary only in this way: we, all of us, inherit everything, and then we choose what to cherish, what to disavow, and what do do next, which is why it’s worth trying to know where things come from.
  3. Writing history requires empathy, inquiry, and debate. It requires forswearing condescension, cant, and nostalgia. The past isn’t quaint. Much of it, in fact, is bleak.
  4. Innovation and disruption are ideas that originated in the arena of business but which have since been applied to arenas whose values and goals are remote from the values and goals of business. People aren’t disk drives. Public schools, colleges and universities, churches, museums, and many hospitals, all of which have been subjected to disruptive innovation, have revenues and expenses and infrastructures, but they aren’t industries in the same way that manufacturers of hard-disk drives or truck engines or drygoods are industries. 
  5. …but everyone tries; trying is the human condition. All anyone can do is ask.

Lepore is an American professor and writer. She is chair of Harvard’s History and Literature Program. She writes for The New Yorker, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The American Scholar, among others. Her biography, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 6 days ago with 28 notes
#Amanda Patterson  #Jill Lepore  #Literary Birthday 
Why you need strong verbs when you write →
Strong verbs improve your writing in three ways. They help you:
  1. Reduce adverbs: Choosing strong verbs helps you to be specific. You should replace an adverb and a verb with a strong verb if you can. It will improve your writing. Don’t say: “She held on tightly to the rope.” Do say: “She gripped the rope.” Don’t say: “He looked carefully at the documents.” Do say: “He examined the documents.”

  2. Avoid the passive voice: Choose specific, active verbs whenever you can. Don’t say: ‘He was said to be lying by the teacher.’ Do say: ‘The teacher accused him of lying.’

  3. Eliminate wordiness: Strong verbs help you eliminate wordiness by replacing different forms of the verb ‘to be’. They allow you to stop overusing words like ‘is’, ‘was’, ‘are’, and ‘were’. Don’t say: ‘She was the owner of a chain of restaurants.’ Do say: ‘She owned a chain of restaurants.’

If you reduce wordiness, choose specific verbs, and use the active voice, readers will be able to understand you more easily. This is what you want because the reason we write is to communicate. 
Examples of Strong Verbs
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Happy Birthday, John Buchan, born 26 August 1875, died 11 February 1940
10 Quotes
This preoccupation with the classics was the happiest thing that could have befallen me. It gave me a standard of values. To live for a time close to great minds is the best kind of education. … Faulty though my own practice has always been, I learned sound doctrine - the virtue of a clean, bare style, of simplicity, of a hard substance and an austere pattern.
An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.
I believe everything out of the common. The only thing to distrust is the normal.
The book trade is spiritual barometer of a nation’s well-being.
The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.
Every man at the bottom of his heart believes that he is a born detective.
The best prayers have often more groans than words.
But the big courage is the cold-blooded kind, the kind that never lets go even when you’re feeling empty inside, and your blood’s thin, and there’s no kind of fun or profit to be had, and the trouble’s not over in an hour or two but lasts for months and years.
He disliked emotion, not because he felt lightly, but because he felt deeply.
Wood, sea and hill were the intimacies of my childhood, and they have never lost their spell for me.
Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, was a Scottish novelist, historian and politician. He is best known for writing The Thirty-Nine Steps and other adventure fiction. 
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Happy Birthday, John Buchan, born 26 August 1875, died 11 February 1940

10 Quotes

  1. This preoccupation with the classics was the happiest thing that could have befallen me. It gave me a standard of values. To live for a time close to great minds is the best kind of education. … Faulty though my own practice has always been, I learned sound doctrine - the virtue of a clean, bare style, of simplicity, of a hard substance and an austere pattern.
  2. An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.
  3. I believe everything out of the common. The only thing to distrust is the normal.
  4. The book trade is spiritual barometer of a nation’s well-being.
  5. The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.
  6. Every man at the bottom of his heart believes that he is a born detective.
  7. The best prayers have often more groans than words.
  8. But the big courage is the cold-blooded kind, the kind that never lets go even when you’re feeling empty inside, and your blood’s thin, and there’s no kind of fun or profit to be had, and the trouble’s not over in an hour or two but lasts for months and years.
  9. He disliked emotion, not because he felt lightly, but because he felt deeply.
  10. Wood, sea and hill were the intimacies of my childhood, and they have never lost their spell for me.

Buchan1st Baron Tweedsmuir, was a Scottish novelist, historian and politician. He is best known for writing The Thirty-Nine Steps and other adventure fiction. 

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#John Buchan  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson 
Happy Birthday, Howard Jacobson, born 25 August 1942
10 Quotes
You begin by reading reading reading. Read good writing. Don’t write about your life, but start with what you know about. That doesn’t mean it’s you; you might know something else. 
Novels began as a comic form and should remain as a comic form.
One of the reasons there seem to be fewer readers for literature today than there were yesterday is that the concept of failure has been outlawed. If we are all beautiful, all clever, all happy, all successes in our way, what do we want with the language of the dispossessed? 
The politics of youth are, by definition, the politics of ignorance.
There was no child. Children spoilt the story.
How do you explain to somebody who doesn’t understand that you don’t build a library to read. A library is a resource. Something you go to, for reference, as and when. But also something you simply look at, because it gives you succour, answers to some idea of who you are or, more to the point, who you would like to be, who you will be once you own every book you need to own.
Novelists are drawn to failure. Those who prosper in the world as it is have no need to re-imagine it.
Read other writers but don’t be other writers. Don’t be cowed by all the great writers that you like. 
Remember that it’s your job as a writer, if you see any sign of ideology in you, to kill it. Writing is not the expression of your belief system. What you believe is of no interest to anybody. Almost what anybody believes is of no interest to anybody. 
Remember how superior art is to belief. And away you go! 
Jacobson is a British author and journalist. He won the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question. He is best known for writing comic novels with British Jewish characters at their centre.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Howard Jacobson, born 25 August 1942

10 Quotes

  1. You begin by reading reading reading. Read good writing. Don’t write about your life, but start with what you know about. That doesn’t mean it’s you; you might know something else. 
  2. Novels began as a comic form and should remain as a comic form.
  3. One of the reasons there seem to be fewer readers for literature today than there were yesterday is that the concept of failure has been outlawed. If we are all beautiful, all clever, all happy, all successes in our way, what do we want with the language of the dispossessed? 
  4. The politics of youth are, by definition, the politics of ignorance.
  5. There was no child. Children spoilt the story.
  6. How do you explain to somebody who doesn’t understand that you don’t build a library to read. A library is a resource. Something you go to, for reference, as and when. But also something you simply look at, because it gives you succour, answers to some idea of who you are or, more to the point, who you would like to be, who you will be once you own every book you need to own.
  7. Novelists are drawn to failure. Those who prosper in the world as it is have no need to re-imagine it.
  8. Read other writers but don’t be other writers. Don’t be cowed by all the great writers that you like. 
  9. Remember that it’s your job as a writer, if you see any sign of ideology in you, to kill it. Writing is not the expression of your belief system. What you believe is of no interest to anybody. Almost what anybody believes is of no interest to anybody.
  10. Remember how superior art is to belief. And away you go! 

Jacobson is a British author and journalist. He won the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question. He is best known for writing comic novels with British Jewish characters at their centre.

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— 1 week ago with 44 notes
#howard jacobson  #Literary Birthday  #amanda patterson 
The Magician - Meet Raymond E. Feist →

Join Writers Write and Amanda Patterson when we host Raymond E. Feist, the best-selling American fantasy author. 

Raymond Feist has sold more than 15 million books. He became famous with the Riftwar Saga, which began with Magician. He will be in South Africa to promote Magician’s End, the latest book in the series.

When? 23 September 2014
Where? Winehouse Restaurant, Ten Bompas Boutique Hotel, 10 Bompas Road,Dunkeld, Johannesburg (GPS)
What Time? 18:00 for 18:30 - 21:30
How Much? R350 per person (This includes a three-course meal, an interview with the author, and a book signing. Drinks are for your own account.)
To Book? send an email to news@writerswrite.co.za 

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Happy Birthday, Paulo Coelho, born 24 August 1947
Top 10 Paulo Coelho Quotes
The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.
Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.
The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.
When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.
Tears are words that need to be written.
Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realise that nothing really belongs to them.
When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.
Life is too short, or too long, for me to allow myself the luxury of living it so badly.
People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves.
Certain things in life simply have to be experienced -and never explained. Love is such a thing.
Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist.
by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Paulo Coelho, born 24 August 1947

Top 10 Paulo Coelho Quotes

  1. The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.
  2. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.
  3. The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.
  4. When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.
  5. Tears are words that need to be written.
  6. Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realise that nothing really belongs to them.
  7. When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.
  8. Life is too short, or too long, for me to allow myself the luxury of living it so badly.
  9. People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves.
  10. Certain things in life simply have to be experienced -and never explained. Love is such a thing.

Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist.

by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

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Happy Birthday, Ali Smith, born 24 August 1962
10 Quotes
Great books are adaptable. They alter with us as we alter in life, they renew themselves as we change and re-read them at different times in our lives.
Books mean all possibilities. They mean moving out of yourself, losing yourself, dying of thirst and living to your full. They mean everything.
Short stories consume you faster. They’re connected to brevity. With the short story, you are up against mortality. I know how tough they are as a form, but they’re also a total joy.
A good argument, like a good dialogue, is always a proof of life, but I’d much rather go and read a book.
Words are like untying a corset - you can move into this great space with them.
All we need to do, reader or writer, from first line to final page, is be as open as a book, and be alive to the life in language - on all its levels.
Nothing is harmful to literature except censorship.
To be known so well by someone is an unimaginable gift. But to be imagined so well by someone is even better.
There is a kind of poetry, bad and good, in everything, everywhere we look.
And they all lived happily ever after, until they died.
Smith is a Scottish writer. She is best known for her three major collections of short stories Free Love and Other Stories, Other Stories and Other Stories and The First Person
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Happy Birthday, Ali Smith, born 24 August 1962

10 Quotes

  1. Great books are adaptable. They alter with us as we alter in life, they renew themselves as we change and re-read them at different times in our lives.
  2. Books mean all possibilities. They mean moving out of yourself, losing yourself, dying of thirst and living to your full. They mean everything.
  3. Short stories consume you faster. They’re connected to brevity. With the short story, you are up against mortality. I know how tough they are as a form, but they’re also a total joy.
  4. A good argument, like a good dialogue, is always a proof of life, but I’d much rather go and read a book.
  5. Words are like untying a corset - you can move into this great space with them.
  6. All we need to do, reader or writer, from first line to final page, is be as open as a book, and be alive to the life in language - on all its levels.
  7. Nothing is harmful to literature except censorship.
  8. To be known so well by someone is an unimaginable gift. But to be imagined so well by someone is even better.
  9. There is a kind of poetry, bad and good, in everything, everywhere we look.
  10. And they all lived happily ever after, until they died.

Smith is a Scottish writer. She is best known for her three major collections of short stories Free Love and Other Stories, Other Stories and Other Stories and The First Person

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