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Happy Birthday, Annie Proulx, born 22 August 193510 Quotes On Writing 

Happy Birthday, Annie Proulx, born 22 August 1935
10 Quotes On Writing 

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Quotable - Robert Stone, born 21 August 1937About Robert Stone http://bit.ly/13EI56M

Quotable - Robert Stone, born 21 August 1937
About Robert Stone http://bit.ly/13EI56M

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Literary Birthday - 21 August
Happy Birthday, Jules Michelet, born 21 August 1798, died 9 February 1874
Woman is a miracle of divine contradictions
You are one of the forces of nature.
He who would confine his thought to present time will not understand present reality.
Achieving a goal is nothing. The getting there is everything.
He who knows how to be poor knows everything.
What manly eloquence could produce such an effect as woman’s silence?
The historian’s first duties are sacrilege and the mocking of false gods. They are his indispensable instruments for establishing the truth.
Michelet was a French historian best known for his monumental Histoire de France (History of France). Michelet was the first historian to use and define the word Renaissance as a period in Europe’s cultural history that represented a break from the Middle Ages. Michelet’s attempt to resurrect the past by putting his own personality in his narrative, resulted in a historical synthesis of great dramatic power.
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Literary Birthday - 21 August

Happy Birthday, Jules Michelet, born 21 August 1798, died 9 February 1874

  1. Woman is a miracle of divine contradictions
  2. You are one of the forces of nature.
  3. He who would confine his thought to present time will not understand present reality.
  4. Achieving a goal is nothing. The getting there is everything.
  5. He who knows how to be poor knows everything.
  6. What manly eloquence could produce such an effect as woman’s silence?
  7. The historian’s first duties are sacrilege and the mocking of false gods. They are his indispensable instruments for establishing the truth.

Michelet was a French historian best known for his monumental Histoire de France (History of France). Michelet was the first historian to use and define the word Renaissance as a period in Europe’s cultural history that represented a break from the Middle Ages. Michelet’s attempt to resurrect the past by putting his own personality in his narrative, resulted in a historical synthesis of great dramatic power.

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The Character Biography – Writing more to write less →

Charles Dickens could get away with starting a story with the birth of his protagonist. J.D. Salinger chose not to start there and called it ‘all that David Copperfield kind of crap’. Now before I am lynched, let me say that I am a huge fan of Charles Dickens, but David Copperfield was published in 1850. Catcher in the Rye, although very advanced for its time, was published in 1945. Today we don’t write like either of these two authors.

This is 2014. What do we do?

  1. In The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins tells us simply that it is the day of the reaping. She doesn’t explain it or tell us what it means. 
  2. In The Fault in Our Stars, John Green jumps in by telling us seventeen-year-old Hazel is depressed because she has cancer. She is in a support group almost before we hit page two. 
  3. In Room by Emma Donoghue, Jack wakes up on his fifth birthday. He is in Bed and switches on Lamp and has an interesting conversation with Ma. We know something is up and weird, but Emma strings us along. She tells us nothing. 
  4. In The Good Luck of Right Now, Matthew Quick writes about Bartholomew Neil who is clearing out his deceased mother’s underwear drawer and finds a form letter from Richard Gere. The death of his mother and his one-sided correspondence with Mr Gere takes us on a journey that is at once sad, sweet and enchanting.

Now, this is not a post about inciting moments although each one is a brilliant example of a moment of action and change. This is in fact a post about character biographies.

Imagine if I started my post with: To begin my post with the beginning of my post, I record that I wrote (as I have been informed and believe) on a Sunday night at eight o’clock while everyone else was watching the Sunday night movie. (I ain’t no Dickens, that’s for sure.) 

How do great modern authors create characters so complete that I am interested in them even though I only met them a page ago? 

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"At every moment of our lives, we all have one foot in a fairy tale and the other in the abyss."
Paulo Coelho
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Quotable - Nicole Krauss, born 18 August 1974 About Nicole Krauss http://bit.ly/19qHPHJ

Quotable - Nicole Krauss, born 18 August 1974 
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Literary Birthday - 18 August
Happy Birthday, Brian Aldiss, born 18 August 1925
Seven Quotes
Science fiction is no more written for scientists that ghost stories are written for ghosts.
Whatever creativity is, it is in part a solution to a problem.
I am a writer and always was; being a writer is an integral part of my identity. Being published, being well regarded, is a component of that identity.
I’m lucky that SFWA has such a short memory. I was always the Young Turk, the gadfly. Part of the New Wave, although I didn’t fit in there either! I spent years, and two histories, putting the so-called Old Guard in their place, and now I’m one of them!
Most of my poetry lies beyond the SF field, yet here I am corralled into ‘SF poetry’ as part of this poetry weekend. Of course, some might say, ‘you’ve made your own bed — now you must lie in it!’ But, while fully accepting that dictum, I’m not yet quite prepared to lie down…
It is comparatively easy to become a writer; staying a writer, resisting formulaic work, generating one’s own creativity - that’s a much tougher matter.
I can’t help believing that these things that come from the subconscious mind have a sort of truth to them. It may not be a scientific truth, but it’s psychological truth.
Aldiss is an English author of both general fiction and science fiction. Greatly influenced by science fiction pioneer H. G. Wells, Aldiss is a vice-president of the international H. G. Wells Society. Aldiss has published more than 100 books, including novels, novellas, anthologies, non-fiction books and volumes of short stories.
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Literary Birthday - 18 August

Happy Birthday, Brian Aldiss, born 18 August 1925

Seven Quotes

  1. Science fiction is no more written for scientists that ghost stories are written for ghosts.
  2. Whatever creativity is, it is in part a solution to a problem.
  3. I am a writer and always was; being a writer is an integral part of my identity. Being published, being well regarded, is a component of that identity.
  4. I’m lucky that SFWA has such a short memory. I was always the Young Turk, the gadfly. Part of the New Wave, although I didn’t fit in there either! I spent years, and two histories, putting the so-called Old Guard in their place, and now I’m one of them!
  5. Most of my poetry lies beyond the SF field, yet here I am corralled into ‘SF poetry’ as part of this poetry weekend. Of course, some might say, ‘you’ve made your own bed — now you must lie in it!’ But, while fully accepting that dictum, I’m not yet quite prepared to lie down…
  6. It is comparatively easy to become a writer; staying a writer, resisting formulaic work, generating one’s own creativity - that’s a much tougher matter.
  7. I can’t help believing that these things that come from the subconscious mind have a sort of truth to them. It may not be a scientific truth, but it’s psychological truth.

Aldiss is an English author of both general fiction and science fiction. Greatly influenced by science fiction pioneer H. G. Wells, Aldiss is a vice-president of the international H. G. Wells Society. Aldiss has published more than 100 books, including novels, novellas, anthologies, non-fiction books and volumes of short stories.

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Happy Birthday, Ted Hughes, born 17 August 1930, died 28 October 1998 
Five Quotes
The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didn’t live boldly enough, that they didn’t invest enough heart, didn’t love enough. Nothing else really counts at all.
What happens in the heart simply happens.
What’s writing really about? It’s about trying to take fuller possession of the reality of your life.
Applause is the beginning of abuse.
…imagine what you are writing about. See it and live it. Do not think it up laboriously, as if you were working out mental arithmetic. Just look at it, touch it, smell it, listen to it, turn yourself into it. When you do this, the words look after themselves, like magic.
Hughes was an English poet and children’s writer. He was British Poet Laureate from 1984 until his death. Hughes was married to American poet Sylvia Plath, from 1956 until her suicide in 1963. In 2008 The Times ranked Hughes fourth on their list of ‘The 50 greatest British writers since 1945’.
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Happy Birthday, Ted Hughes, born 17 August 1930, died 28 October 1998 

Five Quotes

  1. The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didn’t live boldly enough, that they didn’t invest enough heart, didn’t love enough. Nothing else really counts at all.
  2. What happens in the heart simply happens.
  3. What’s writing really about? It’s about trying to take fuller possession of the reality of your life.
  4. Applause is the beginning of abuse.
  5. …imagine what you are writing about. See it and live it. Do not think it up laboriously, as if you were working out mental arithmetic. Just look at it, touch it, smell it, listen to it, turn yourself into it. When you do this, the words look after themselves, like magic.

Hughes was an English poet and children’s writer. He was British Poet Laureate from 1984 until his death. Hughes was married to American poet Sylvia Plath, from 1956 until her suicide in 1963. In 2008 The Times ranked Hughes fourth on their list of ‘The 50 greatest British writers since 1945’.

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Quotable - Charles Bukowski born 16 August 1920, died 9 March 1994 
10 Bukowski Quotes

Quotable - Charles Bukowski born 16 August 1920, died 9 March 1994 

10 Bukowski Quotes

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Literary Birthday - 16 August
Happy Birthday, Diana Wynne Jones, born 16 August 1934, died 26 March 2011
Five Quotes
Things we are accustomed to regard as myth or fairy story are very much present in people’s lives. Nice people behave like wicked stepmothers. Every day.
I mean one of the things about being alone is that you’ve no people to define yourself off.
It seems to me that humour is everybody’s way of keeping sane and standing off from the situations so that they can see it intellectually, as well as emotionally.
I don’t know whether you’ve noticed, but if somebody tells a joke, it’s nearly always a mini fantasy.
I have this very strong feeling that everybody is probably a genius at something, it’s just a question of finding this.
Diana Wynne Jones was an English writer of fantasy novels for children and adults. She is famous for the Chrestomanci and the Dalemark series, and the novels: Howl’s Moving Castle, Dark Lord of Derkholm  and The Tough Guide to Fantasyland.
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Literary Birthday - 16 August

Happy Birthday, Diana Wynne Jones, born 16 August 1934, died 26 March 2011

Five Quotes

  1. Things we are accustomed to regard as myth or fairy story are very much present in people’s lives. Nice people behave like wicked stepmothers. Every day.
  2. I mean one of the things about being alone is that you’ve no people to define yourself off.
  3. It seems to me that humour is everybody’s way of keeping sane and standing off from the situations so that they can see it intellectually, as well as emotionally.
  4. I don’t know whether you’ve noticed, but if somebody tells a joke, it’s nearly always a mini fantasy.
  5. I have this very strong feeling that everybody is probably a genius at something, it’s just a question of finding this.

Diana Wynne Jones was an English writer of fantasy novels for children and adults. She is famous for the Chrestomanci and the Dalemark series, and the novels: Howl’s Moving Castle, Dark Lord of Derkholm  and The Tough Guide to Fantasyland.

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Happy Birthday, Alice Adams, born 14 August 1926, died 27 May 1999 
The ABDCE Pattern for Writing a Short Story
Adams sometimes followed a pattern she called ABDCE in outlining a short story, which she described to her friend Anne Lamott. 
The letters stand for Action, Background, Development, Climax, and Ending. 
You begin with action that is compelling enough to draw [the reader] in, make us want to know more. 
Background is where you … see and know who these people are, how they’ve come to be together, what was going on before the opening of the story. 
Then you develop these people, so that we learn what they care most about. The plot – the drama, the actions, the tension – will grow out of that. 
You move them along until everything comes together in the climax, after which things are different for the main characters, different in some real way. 
And then there is the ending: what is our sense of who these people are now, what are they left with, what happened, and what did it mean?”
Adams was an American novelist, short story writer, and university professor. She wrote 11 novels but is best known for her short stories.
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Happy Birthday, Alice Adams, born 14 August 1926, died 27 May 1999 

The ABDCE Pattern for Writing a Short Story

Adams sometimes followed a pattern she called ABDCE in outlining a short story, which she described to her friend Anne Lamott. 

The letters stand for Action, Background, Development, Climax, and Ending. 

  • You begin with action that is compelling enough to draw [the reader] in, make us want to know more. 
  • Background is where you … see and know who these people are, how they’ve come to be together, what was going on before the opening of the story. 
  • Then you develop these people, so that we learn what they care most about. The plot – the drama, the actions, the tension – will grow out of that. 
  • You move them along until everything comes together in the climax, after which things are different for the main characters, different in some real way. 
  • And then there is the ending: what is our sense of who these people are now, what are they left with, what happened, and what did it mean?”

Adams was an American novelist, short story writer, and university professor. She wrote 11 novels but is best known for her short stories.

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Happy Birthday, William Goldman, born 12 August 193110 Quotes http://bit.ly/1or2JRt

Happy Birthday, William Goldman, born 12 August 1931
10 Quotes http://bit.ly/1or2JRt

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"Anyone who thinks sitting in church can make you a Christian must also think that sitting in a garage can make you a car."
Garrison Keillor
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