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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, Susan Cheever, born 31 July 1943
Six Quotes
Death is terrifying because it is so ordinary. It happens all the time.
What makes someone want to be a writer? Clearly, one thing this dream requires is a ferocious hunger, a hunger for recognition, a yearning to be heard that roars through the soul with a sound so great that the stories often feel as if they are discovered rather than invented. 
Bad writing is often driven by resentment, and good writing is based on authority.
Obsession is so extreme and so hard to imagine with the rational mind that it has a science-fiction-like quality to it—it’s almost as if the obsessed one has been taken over by a replica, a pod, a facsimile of the rational person. When one is in the grip of an obsession, everything else—children, regular meals, sleep, work—is swept away. 
I believe that the memoir is the novel of the 21st century; it’s an amazing form that we haven’t even begun to tap…we’re just getting started figuring out what the rules are.
Writers often write their best when they are feeling their worst.
Cheever is an American author. She is best known for Home Before Dark, a memoir about her father, John Cheever, and American Bloomsbury: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau: Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work.
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Happy Birthday, Susan Cheever, born 31 July 1943

Six Quotes

  1. Death is terrifying because it is so ordinary. It happens all the time.
  2. What makes someone want to be a writer? Clearly, one thing this dream requires is a ferocious hunger, a hunger for recognition, a yearning to be heard that roars through the soul with a sound so great that the stories often feel as if they are discovered rather than invented. 
  3. Bad writing is often driven by resentment, and good writing is based on authority.
  4. Obsession is so extreme and so hard to imagine with the rational mind that it has a science-fiction-like quality to it—it’s almost as if the obsessed one has been taken over by a replica, a pod, a facsimile of the rational person. When one is in the grip of an obsession, everything else—children, regular meals, sleep, work—is swept away. 
  5. I believe that the memoir is the novel of the 21st century; it’s an amazing form that we haven’t even begun to tap…we’re just getting started figuring out what the rules are.
  6. Writers often write their best when they are feeling their worst.

Cheever is an American author. She is best known for Home Before Dark, a memoir about her father, John Cheever, and American Bloomsbury: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau: Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work.

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Happy Birthday, William H. Gass, born 30 July 1924
10 Quotes
Getting even is one reason for writing.
Sports, politics, and religion are the three passions of the badly educated.
For me, the short story is not a character sketch, a mouse trap, an epiphany, a slice of suburban life. It is the flowering of a symbol center. It is a poem grafted onto sturdier stock.
The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.
Of course there is enough to stir our wonder anywhere; there’s enough to love, anywhere, if one is strong enough, if one is diligent enough, if one is perceptive, patient, kind enough — whatever it takes.
I write because I hate. A lot. Hard.
For the speedy reader paragraphs become a country the eye flies over looking for landmarks, reference points, airports, restrooms, passages of sex.
It’s not the word made flesh we want in writing, in poetry and fiction, but the flesh made word.
A cause is a lie with a fan club.
In general, I would think that at present prose writers are much in advance of the poets. In the old days, I read more poetry than prose, but now it is in prose where you find things being put together well, where there is great ambition, and equal talent. Poets have gotten so careless, it is a disgrace. You can’t pick up a page. All the words slide off.
Gass is an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and critic. He has won three National Book Critics Circle Award prizes and the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism. He received the American Book Award for his 1995 novel The Tunnel .
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Happy Birthday, William H. Gass, born 30 July 1924

10 Quotes

  1. Getting even is one reason for writing.
  2. Sports, politics, and religion are the three passions of the badly educated.
  3. For me, the short story is not a character sketch, a mouse trap, an epiphany, a slice of suburban life. It is the flowering of a symbol center. It is a poem grafted onto sturdier stock.
  4. The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.
  5. Of course there is enough to stir our wonder anywhere; there’s enough to love, anywhere, if one is strong enough, if one is diligent enough, if one is perceptive, patient, kind enough — whatever it takes.
  6. I write because I hate. A lot. Hard.
  7. For the speedy reader paragraphs become a country the eye flies over looking for landmarks, reference points, airports, restrooms, passages of sex.
  8. It’s not the word made flesh we want in writing, in poetry and fiction, but the flesh made word.
  9. A cause is a lie with a fan club.
  10. In general, I would think that at present prose writers are much in advance of the poets. In the old days, I read more poetry than prose, but now it is in prose where you find things being put together well, where there is great ambition, and equal talent. Poets have gotten so careless, it is a disgrace. You can’t pick up a page. All the words slide off.

Gass is an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and critic. He has won three National Book Critics Circle Award prizes and the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism. He received the American Book Award for his 1995 novel The Tunnel .

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Seven Things I've Learnt From Meeting Memorable Writers →

Confessions of a book club host

I have met, interviewed, and hosted more authors at literary dinners than I can remember. I have watched these authors speak to my guests, answer my questions and sell their books for more than 10 years. Some of the writers are forgettable, but many have left lasting positive impressions. This has very little to do with how famous they are, and more to do with how they behave.

So, what are the seven things these memorable writers have in common?

1.   They are well-mannered
Manners are more important than people realise. My favourite authors have all been considerate. They switch off their cell phones. They are punctual. They are present. They remember people’s names, and they make an effort to engage with people.

2.   They have led interesting lives
This does not mean that they have visited every continent or led dangerous lives. It means they are widely read and open-minded. Their interests have led them to meet interesting people through research and shared passions. They interact with other interesting people. It is a fact that the people we spend time with change the way we behave. They determine the people we become.

3.   They are not boring
They keep their answers brief. This does not mean they are stilted or cold, but they actually answer the questions people ask them. They are positive about their work. They talk about new books they’re working on. They do not boast about their accomplishments.

4.   They are great listeners
They may love to talk about themselves – don’t we all? – but they refrain from overdoing it. They understand the art of conversation, and they listen to people who interview them, and to the people they meet. Authors who make an excellent impression do not say too much. The people we like the most know when to keep quiet.

5.   They have a few great anecdotes
Readers and guests are not there to find out random trivia that might be on an author’s mind. They want to know about their books, and their writing habits. They are interested in personal lives in relation to the author’s work. If an author has been married five times, the audience will want to know how each spouse affected the books they wrote. ‘Did spouse number three serve as inspiration for a villain?’ ‘How do they manage to write with young children?’ The best guests have short stories that entertain, inform and engage.

6.   They are charming
It is not all about words. Tone of voice and body language are just as important. Memorable authors laugh and smile. They engage with people, shake hands, and they are attentive. When they speak about their books they are passionate. They talk to each reader as they sign their books.

7.   They are fascinated by people, places, and things
They are not jaded. Even if they have done this a thousand times, they are eager to meet people, find out about the city they are visiting, and the venue for the book launch. People who meet them feel as if they have shared a new experience with that author. Their enthusiasm is infectious. Research shows excitement is often associated with the person you’re with.

Before you represent yourself, and your book, in public it’s a good idea to remember the people you’re meeting are your fans.

I will be hosting best-selling crime author, Peter James on 7 August 2014.

 by Amanda Patterson

[Some of the authors Amanda has hosted at literary events, and/or interviewed, include Alan HollinghurstAlexander McCall-Smith, Andre BrinkAndrew Gross, Angela Makholwa , Bryce CourtenayElizabeth Noble, George Bizos, Ian Rankin, James Hendry, Jassy McKenzie, Jeffery DeaverJeffrey Archer, Jill Mansell, Joanne HarrisJodi PicoultJohn ConnollyJohn van de RuitKaren RoseLauren BeukesLesley PearseMandy WienerMarian Keyes, Marina Lewycka, Mavis CheekMichael ConnellyMichael Robotham, Pamela Jooste, Philippa Gregory, Santa Montefiore, Stephen Leather, and Susan Lewis.]

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Happy Birthday, Chang-Rae Lee, born 29 July 1965
Eight Quotes
A tale, like the universe, they tell us, expands ceaselessly each time you examine it, until there’s finally no telling exactly where it begins, or ends, or where it places you now.
One of the ready advantages of writing a road or quest story is that it mirrors the experience of writing a novel.
As for what’s the most challenging aspect of teaching, it’s convincing younger writers of the importance of reading widely and passionately.
Imagination might not be limitless. It’s still tethered to the universe of what we know.
Suffering is the noblest art, the quieter the better.
I often think that the prime directive for me as a teacher of writing is akin to that for a physician, which is this: do no harm.
Like most people, I’m fascinated by characters who are completely flawed personalities, riven by anguish and doubt, and are psychologically suspect.
I don’t listen to music while writing; it seems to me I’m trying to make my own kind of music, and to have anything else going on is just noisy interference.
Lee is a Korean American novelist and a professor of creative writing at Princeton University. He is the author of Native Speaker.
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Happy Birthday, Chang-Rae Lee, born 29 July 1965

Eight Quotes

  1. A tale, like the universe, they tell us, expands ceaselessly each time you examine it, until there’s finally no telling exactly where it begins, or ends, or where it places you now.
  2. One of the ready advantages of writing a road or quest story is that it mirrors the experience of writing a novel.
  3. As for what’s the most challenging aspect of teaching, it’s convincing younger writers of the importance of reading widely and passionately.
  4. Imagination might not be limitless. It’s still tethered to the universe of what we know.
  5. Suffering is the noblest art, the quieter the better.
  6. I often think that the prime directive for me as a teacher of writing is akin to that for a physician, which is this: do no harm.
  7. Like most people, I’m fascinated by characters who are completely flawed personalities, riven by anguish and doubt, and are psychologically suspect.
  8. I don’t listen to music while writing; it seems to me I’m trying to make my own kind of music, and to have anything else going on is just noisy interference.

Lee is a Korean American novelist and a professor of creative writing at Princeton University. He is the author of Native Speaker.

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Happy Birthday, Sharon Creech, born 29 July 1945
Seven Quotes
I entered a poem in a poetry contest around 1987, and the poem won and I received $1,000 for it. That made me realize that maybe what I was writing was worth reading to people.
You can’t keep the birds of sadness from flying over your head, but you can keep them from nesting in your hair.
Don’t be in too much of a rush to be published. There is enormous value in listening and reading and writing—and then putting your words away for weeks or months–and then returning to your work to polish it some more.
I especially love all the instruments of art: inks, pens, paintbrushes, watercolors and oils, fine papers and canvases, and although I love to mess around with these tools and objects, I have minimal artistic skills.
Read a lot, live your life, and listen and watch, so that your mind fills up with millions of images.
When I read good stories, I want to write good stories too.
I love the way that each book — any book — is its own journey. You open it, and off you go. You are changed in some way, large or small, by having travelled with those characters.
Creech is an American writer of children’s novels. She was the first American winner of the Carnegie Medal for British children’s books and the first person to win both the American Newbery Medal and the British Carnegie.
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Happy Birthday, Sharon Creech, born 29 July 1945

Seven Quotes

  1. I entered a poem in a poetry contest around 1987, and the poem won and I received $1,000 for it. That made me realize that maybe what I was writing was worth reading to people.
  2. You can’t keep the birds of sadness from flying over your head, but you can keep them from nesting in your hair.
  3. Don’t be in too much of a rush to be published. There is enormous value in listening and reading and writing—and then putting your words away for weeks or months–and then returning to your work to polish it some more.
  4. I especially love all the instruments of art: inks, pens, paintbrushes, watercolors and oils, fine papers and canvases, and although I love to mess around with these tools and objects, I have minimal artistic skills.
  5. Read a lot, live your life, and listen and watch, so that your mind fills up with millions of images.
  6. When I read good stories, I want to write good stories too.
  7. I love the way that each book — any book — is its own journey. You open it, and off you go. You are changed in some way, large or small, by having travelled with those characters.

Creech is an American writer of children’s novels. She was the first American winner of the Carnegie Medal for British children’s books and the first person to win both the American Newbery Medal and the British Carnegie.

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Happy Birthday, Kwame Dawes, born 28 July 1962
Three Quotes
I work with musicians routinely, and we continue to combine music and poetry in ways that I think are meaningful.
I believe that all fiction is personal and all writing is at some level personal. As you may know, my motto is: “All memory is fiction.” It could just as easily be: “All fiction is memory.” Unpacked, these two statements defy the ease of logic, but offer some really important truths about narrative art, at the very least, and about memory. So I would say that all art is personal.
Maybe that is the power of poetry. It somehow transcends news cycles, and becomes a part of our collective imagination.
Read Kwame Dawes Memo to Poets - A Twitter Journey
Dawes is Ghana-born poet, actor, editor, critic, and musician, who grew up in Jamaica. His collections of poetry include Wisteria: Poems From the Swamp Country, Impossible Flying, and Back of Mount Peace. He is Professor of English at the University of Nebraska and editor-in-chief at the Prairie Schooner.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Kwame Dawes, born 28 July 1962

Three Quotes

  1. I work with musicians routinely, and we continue to combine music and poetry in ways that I think are meaningful.
  2. I believe that all fiction is personal and all writing is at some level personal. As you may know, my motto is: “All memory is fiction.” It could just as easily be: “All fiction is memory.” Unpacked, these two statements defy the ease of logic, but offer some really important truths about narrative art, at the very least, and about memory. So I would say that all art is personal.
  3. Maybe that is the power of poetry. It somehow transcends news cycles, and becomes a part of our collective imagination.

Read Kwame Dawes Memo to Poets - A Twitter Journey

Dawes is Ghana-born poet, actor, editor, critic, and musician, who grew up in Jamaica. His collections of poetry include Wisteria: Poems From the Swamp Country, Impossible Flying, and Back of Mount Peace. He is Professor of English at the University of Nebraska and editor-in-chief at the Prairie Schooner.

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Happy Birthday, Joseph Mitchell, born 27 July 1908, died 24 May 1996
Seven Quotes
I believe the most interesting human beings, so far as talk is concerned, are anthropologists, farmers, prostitutes, psychiatrists, and an occasional bartender. The best talk is artless, the talk of people trying to reassure or comfort themselves, women in the sun, grouped around baby carriages, talking about their weeks in the hospital or the way meat has gone up, or men in the saloons, talking to combat the loneliness everyone feels.
…you can hate a place with all your heart and soul and still be homesick for it.
I had not yet found out about time; I was still under the illusion that I had plenty of time - time for this, time for that, time for everything, time to waste.
I have a great deal of experience in justifying myself to myself.
It is perhaps an ugly comment on the American press, but the function of the interviewer on most newspapers is to entertain, not to shed light.
In New York City, especially in Greenwich Village, down among the cranks and the misfits and the one-lungers and the has-beens and the might’ve beens and the would-bes and the never-wills and the God-knows-whats, I have always felt at home.
Life is a goddam mess…but you wouldn’t want to miss it!
Mitchell was an American writer. He is best known for the work he published in The New Yorker. He is famous for his written portraits of eccentrics and people on the fringes of society, especially in and around New York City.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Joseph Mitchell, born 27 July 1908, died 24 May 1996

Seven Quotes

  1. I believe the most interesting human beings, so far as talk is concerned, are anthropologists, farmers, prostitutes, psychiatrists, and an occasional bartender. The best talk is artless, the talk of people trying to reassure or comfort themselves, women in the sun, grouped around baby carriages, talking about their weeks in the hospital or the way meat has gone up, or men in the saloons, talking to combat the loneliness everyone feels.
  2. …you can hate a place with all your heart and soul and still be homesick for it.
  3. I had not yet found out about time; I was still under the illusion that I had plenty of time - time for this, time for that, time for everything, time to waste.
  4. I have a great deal of experience in justifying myself to myself.
  5. It is perhaps an ugly comment on the American press, but the function of the interviewer on most newspapers is to entertain, not to shed light.
  6. In New York City, especially in Greenwich Village, down among the cranks and the misfits and the one-lungers and the has-beens and the might’ve beens and the would-bes and the never-wills and the God-knows-whats, I have always felt at home.
  7. Life is a goddam mess…but you wouldn’t want to miss it!

Mitchell was an American writer. He is best known for the work he published in The New Yorker. He is famous for his written portraits of eccentrics and people on the fringes of society, especially in and around New York City.

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Happy Birthday, Antonio Machado, born 26 July 1875, died 22 February 1939
Five Quotes
In order to write poetry, you must first invent a poet who will write it.
Traveller, there is no path - Paths are made by walking.
Don’t try to rush things: for the cup to run over, it must first be filled.
My philosophy is fundamentally sad, but I’m not a sad man, and I don’t believe I sadden anyone else. In other words, the fact that I don’t put my philosophy into practice saves me from its evil spell, or, rather, my faith in the human race is stronger then my intellectual analysis of it; there lies the fountain of youth in which my heart is continually bathing.
Beyond living and dreaming there is something more important. Waking up.
Machado was a Spanish poet and one of the leading figures of the Spanish literary movement known as the Generation of ‘98.
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Happy Birthday, Antonio Machado, born 26 July 1875, died 22 February 1939

Five Quotes

  1. In order to write poetry, you must first invent a poet who will write it.
  2. Traveller, there is no path - Paths are made by walking.
  3. Don’t try to rush things: for the cup to run over, it must first be filled.
  4. My philosophy is fundamentally sad, but I’m not a sad man, and I don’t believe I sadden anyone else. In other words, the fact that I don’t put my philosophy into practice saves me from its evil spell, or, rather, my faith in the human race is stronger then my intellectual analysis of it; there lies the fountain of youth in which my heart is continually bathing.
  5. Beyond living and dreaming there is something more important. Waking up.

Machado was a Spanish poet and one of the leading figures of the Spanish literary movement known as the Generation of ‘98.

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Literary Birthday - 26 July
Happy Birthday, Nicholas Evans, born 26 July 1950
Five Quotes On Writing
Read, read, and read. Then, when you think you’ve read enough and might know how to do it, find a story that moves you and tell it from the heart.
Try not to copy anyone’s style and don’t think about the reader, just write for yourself.
Be your characters, inhabit their heads; never bend the characters to fit the story; write what is true to them.
Starting to write is a bit like going for a hike in a place you have never before visited with people you know little about. Before you set out, you study the map and then you drive there, put on your boots and your backpack of research and set off up the trail. At first, the characters you are hiking with will be like silhouettes; maybe you know just one or two key things about them. Once you start walking, you have to ask yourself all kinds of questions about them. Where was she born? What was his relationship like with his father? Did she go to college? Can she catch a ball, sail, speak French? Who was his first love? As you answer these questions, so the silhouettes begin to fill in and after a few miles you are getting to know who they are.
[I write from] about 9.30am until around 7pm – then I go for a run and try to figure out what went wrong.
Evans is an English journalist, screenwriter, television and film producer and novelist. He is best known for The Horse Whisperer.
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Literary Birthday - 26 July

Happy Birthday, Nicholas Evans, born 26 July 1950

Five Quotes On Writing

  1. Read, read, and read. Then, when you think you’ve read enough and might know how to do it, find a story that moves you and tell it from the heart.
  2. Try not to copy anyone’s style and don’t think about the reader, just write for yourself.
  3. Be your characters, inhabit their heads; never bend the characters to fit the story; write what is true to them.
  4. Starting to write is a bit like going for a hike in a place you have never before visited with people you know little about. Before you set out, you study the map and then you drive there, put on your boots and your backpack of research and set off up the trail. At first, the characters you are hiking with will be like silhouettes; maybe you know just one or two key things about them. Once you start walking, you have to ask yourself all kinds of questions about them. Where was she born? What was his relationship like with his father? Did she go to college? Can she catch a ball, sail, speak French? Who was his first love? As you answer these questions, so the silhouettes begin to fill in and after a few miles you are getting to know who they are.
  5. [I write from] about 9.30am until around 7pm – then I go for a run and try to figure out what went wrong.

Evans is an English journalist, screenwriter, television and film producer and novelist. He is best known for The Horse Whisperer.

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Happy Birthday, Elias Canetti, born 25 July 1905, died 14 August 1994
Seven Quotes
All things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams.
There is nothing that man fears more than the touch of the unknown. He wants to see what is reaching towards him, and to be able to recognize or at least classify it. Man always tends to avoid physical contact with anything strange.
The great writers of aphorisms read as if they had all known each other well.
When you write down your life, every page should contain something no one has ever heard about.
There is no such thing as an ugly language. Today I hear every language as if it were the only one, and when I hear of one that is dying, it overwhelms me as though it were the death of the earth.
The act of naming is the great and solemn consolation of mankind.
The process of writing has something infinite about it. Even though it is interrupted each night, it is one single notation, and it seems most true when it eschews artistic devices of any sort.
Canetti was a Bulgarian-born Swiss and British novelist, playwright, memoirist, and non-fiction writer. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1981.
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Happy Birthday, Elias Canetti, born 25 July 1905, died 14 August 1994

Seven Quotes

  1. All things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams.
  2. There is nothing that man fears more than the touch of the unknown. He wants to see what is reaching towards him, and to be able to recognize or at least classify it. Man always tends to avoid physical contact with anything strange.
  3. The great writers of aphorisms read as if they had all known each other well.
  4. When you write down your life, every page should contain something no one has ever heard about.
  5. There is no such thing as an ugly language. Today I hear every language as if it were the only one, and when I hear of one that is dying, it overwhelms me as though it were the death of the earth.
  6. The act of naming is the great and solemn consolation of mankind.
  7. The process of writing has something infinite about it. Even though it is interrupted each night, it is one single notation, and it seems most true when it eschews artistic devices of any sort.

Canetti was a Bulgarian-born Swiss and British novelist, playwright, memoirist, and non-fiction writer. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1981.

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— 6 days ago with 50 notes
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Happy Birthday, Alexandre Dumas, born 24 July 1802, died 5 December 1870
12 Quotes
Learning does not make one learned: there are those who have knowledge and those who have understanding. The first requires memory and the second philosophy.
One’s work may be finished someday, but one’s education never.
Infatuated, half through conceit, half through love of my art, I achieve the impossible working as no one else ever works.
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.
There are two distinct sorts of ideas: Those that proceed from the head and those that emanate from the heart.
In business, sir, one has no friends, only correspondents.
Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes.
As a general rule…people ask for advice only in order not to follow it; or if they do follow it, in order to have someone to blame for giving it.
The difference between treason and patriotism is only a matter of dates.
There are two ways of seeing: with the body and with the soul. The body’s sight can sometimes forget, but the soul remembers forever.
True love always makes a man better, no matter what woman inspires it.
Your life story is a novel; and people, though they love novels bound between two yellow paper covers, are oddly suspicious of those which come to them in living vellum, even when they are gilded.
Dumas was a French writer. He is most famous for historical adventure novels, including The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.
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Happy Birthday, Alexandre Dumas, born 24 July 1802, died 5 December 1870

12 Quotes

  1. Learning does not make one learned: there are those who have knowledge and those who have understanding. The first requires memory and the second philosophy.
  2. One’s work may be finished someday, but one’s education never.
  3. Infatuated, half through conceit, half through love of my art, I achieve the impossible working as no one else ever works.
  4. There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.
  5. There are two distinct sorts of ideas: Those that proceed from the head and those that emanate from the heart.
  6. In business, sir, one has no friends, only correspondents.
  7. Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes.
  8. As a general rule…people ask for advice only in order not to follow it; or if they do follow it, in order to have someone to blame for giving it.
  9. The difference between treason and patriotism is only a matter of dates.
  10. There are two ways of seeing: with the body and with the soul. The body’s sight can sometimes forget, but the soul remembers forever.
  11. True love always makes a man better, no matter what woman inspires it.
  12. Your life story is a novel; and people, though they love novels bound between two yellow paper covers, are oddly suspicious of those which come to them in living vellum, even when they are gilded.

Dumas was a French writer. He is most famous for historical adventure novels, including The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.

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Happy Birthday, Vikram Chandra, born 23 July 1961 
Seven Quotes
The world is a story we tell ourselves about the world.
I think it’s very true when you’re a writer and you sometimes you have to spend time poking at part of yourself that normal, sane people leave alone.
The novel is a technology that is fairly new, of recent invention. Yes, in the age of television and the Net, the novel will never again attain that central position of cultural authority and importance that it had in the eighteenth or nineteenth century, when it taught us to narrate our lives according to certain principles, to interpret the world in a particular way. But this doesn’t mean it’s dead. It’s still very much alive, and will continue to remain so.
It was 1987 when all the minimalist stuff was in vogue, and suddenly here I am with all these Indian gods making pronouncements. They’d say, ‘This is melodrama,’ and I would answer, ‘I know, but I like melodrama; we Indians do melodrama.
Read, read, read, and then explore your obsessions because I think that’s where the energy comes from. There’s nothing worse than starting something and then getting bored with it when you’re halfway through.
I like teaching. It takes me out of myself. I have a tendency to just camp out in some little hole with a computer and books and not emerge for a week, and that’s actually bad for me.
At some point in the semester I’ll get the question, ‘Why does every story have to have a conflict? Can’t we just write something different?’ And my answer is, ‘Yes you can, but will it work? Will anybody want to read it?’
Chandra is an Indian-American writer. His first novel, Red Earth and Pouring Rain, won the 1996 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Vikram Chandra, born 23 July 1961 

Seven Quotes

  1. The world is a story we tell ourselves about the world.
  2. I think it’s very true when you’re a writer and you sometimes you have to spend time poking at part of yourself that normal, sane people leave alone.
  3. The novel is a technology that is fairly new, of recent invention. Yes, in the age of television and the Net, the novel will never again attain that central position of cultural authority and importance that it had in the eighteenth or nineteenth century, when it taught us to narrate our lives according to certain principles, to interpret the world in a particular way. But this doesn’t mean it’s dead. It’s still very much alive, and will continue to remain so.
  4. It was 1987 when all the minimalist stuff was in vogue, and suddenly here I am with all these Indian gods making pronouncements. They’d say, ‘This is melodrama,’ and I would answer, ‘I know, but I like melodrama; we Indians do melodrama.
  5. Read, read, read, and then explore your obsessions because I think that’s where the energy comes from. There’s nothing worse than starting something and then getting bored with it when you’re halfway through.
  6. I like teaching. It takes me out of myself. I have a tendency to just camp out in some little hole with a computer and books and not emerge for a week, and that’s actually bad for me.
  7. At some point in the semester I’ll get the question, ‘Why does every story have to have a conflict? Can’t we just write something different?’ And my answer is, ‘Yes you can, but will it work? Will anybody want to read it?’

Chandra is an Indian-American writer. His first novel, Red Earth and Pouring Rain, won the 1996 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book.

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— 1 week ago with 41 notes
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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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— 1 week ago with 95 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