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Five Ways to Make Description Work in Your Novel →

Description is a way to engage the reader’s imagination. It is a tapestry created with words—it can summon vivid images of place and character, strong emotion and become a thread to move the story forward.

Here are five examples of description at work in a story.

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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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Happy Birthday, H.P. Lovecraft, born 20 August 1890, died 15 March 1937
10 Quotes
The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.
If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences.
I couldn’t live a week without a private library - indeed, I’d part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I’d let go of the 1500 or so books I possess.
Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.
I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interests me. What I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams.
Creative minds are uneven, and the best of fabrics have their dull spots.
The most merciful thing in the world… is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.
Contrary to what you may assume, I am not a pessimist but an indifferentist- that is, I don’t make the mistake of thinking that the… cosmos… gives a damn one way or the the other about the especial wants and ultimate welfare of mosquitoes, rats, lice, dogs, men, horses, pterodactyls, trees, fungi, dodos, or other forms of biological energy.
The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane.
Lovecraft was an American author. He achieved posthumous fame with his works of horror fiction that include The Call of Cthulhu, The Shadow Out of Time, and At the Mountains of Madness.
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Happy Birthday, H.P. Lovecraft, born 20 August 1890, died 15 March 1937

10 Quotes

  1. The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.
  2. If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences.
  3. I couldn’t live a week without a private library - indeed, I’d part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I’d let go of the 1500 or so books I possess.
  4. Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.
  5. I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interests me. What I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams.
  6. Creative minds are uneven, and the best of fabrics have their dull spots.
  7. The most merciful thing in the world… is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.
  8. Contrary to what you may assume, I am not a pessimist but an indifferentist- that is, I don’t make the mistake of thinking that the… cosmos… gives a damn one way or the the other about the especial wants and ultimate welfare of mosquitoes, rats, lice, dogs, men, horses, pterodactyls, trees, fungi, dodos, or other forms of biological energy.
  9. The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
  10. Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane.

Lovecraft was an American author. He achieved posthumous fame with his works of horror fiction that include The Call of CthulhuThe Shadow Out of Time, and At the Mountains of Madness.

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Commonly confused abbreviations: etc., i.e., e.g. →

The abbreviations: etc., i.e., e.g.

etc. means ‘continuing in the same way’
i.e. means ‘that is’
e.g. means ‘for example’ Writing Tip: Always punctuate these abbreviations within commas. 

Examples: 
  1. Buy carrots, oranges, apples, etc., at this shop. 
  2. We give all clients an early bird discount, i.e., 10%.
  3. The course includes writing basics, e.g., grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
Writing Tip: In good English, use ‘etc.’ as little as possible. It is better to be specific.

From our business writing course, The Plain Language Programme

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Happy Birthday, Ogden Nash, born 19 August 1902, died 19 May 1971
12 Quotes
Children aren’t happy with nothing to ignore, And that’s what parents were created for.
Middle age is when you’ve met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else.
Progress is a fine thing, but it’s gone on long enough.
To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the loving cup, Whenever you’re wrong, admit it; Whenever you’re right, shut up.
You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.
Oh, what a tangled web do parents weave when they think that their children are naive.
People who work sitting down get paid more than people who work standing up.
When grandparents enter the door, discipline flies out the window.
Middle age is when you’re sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn’t for you.
There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all.
I think that I shall never see a billboard lovely as a tree. Perhaps, unless the billboards fall, I’ll never see a tree at all.
Too clever is dumb.
Nash was an American poet well known for his light verse. 
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Ogden Nash, born 19 August 1902, died 19 May 1971

12 Quotes

  1. Children aren’t happy with nothing to ignore, And that’s what parents were created for.
  2. Middle age is when you’ve met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else.
  3. Progress is a fine thing, but it’s gone on long enough.
  4. To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the loving cup, Whenever you’re wrong, admit it; Whenever you’re right, shut up.
  5. You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.
  6. Oh, what a tangled web do parents weave when they think that their children are naive.
  7. People who work sitting down get paid more than people who work standing up.
  8. When grandparents enter the door, discipline flies out the window.
  9. Middle age is when you’re sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn’t for you.
  10. There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all.
  11. I think that I shall never see a billboard lovely as a tree. Perhaps, unless the billboards fall, I’ll never see a tree at all.
  12. Too clever is dumb.

Nash was an American poet well known for his light verse. 

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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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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

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#Ted Hughes  #Literary Birthday  #Writers Write  #Amanda Patterson  #Lit 
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, Jennifer Donnelly, born 16 August 1963
Six quotes from novels
Sometimes, when you catch someone unaware at just the right time and in just the right light, you can catch sight of what they will be.
Words fail me sometimes. I have read most every word in the Webster’s International Dictionary of the English Language, but I still have trouble making them come when I want them to. Right now I want a word that describes the feeling you get – a cold sick feeling deep down inside – when you know something is happening that will change you, and you don’t want it to, but you can’t stop it. And you know you will never be the same again.
Voice is not just the sound that comes from your throat, but the feelings that come from your words.
Life’s all about the revolution, isn’t it? The one inside, I mean. You can’t change history. You can’t change the world. All you can ever change is yourself.
There were lives in those books, and deaths. Families and friends and lovers and enemies. Joy and despair, jealousy, envy, madness, and rage. All there. I reached out and touched the cover of one called The Earth. I could almost hear the characters inside, murmuring and jostling, impatient for me to open the cover and let them out.
I listened as the words became sentences and the sentences became pages and the pages became feelings and voices and places and people.
Six quotes from Jennifer’s website
I write in a room in my house in New York’s Hudson Valley. I usually have a pot of strong tea and a bar of dark chocolate for company and courage. I plot and plan and scheme and dream in longhand, but I do the actual writing on my computer.
For me, research is more an art than a science.
There’s only one thing that makes you a writer – and that’s writing. Writing – any kind of writing: journals, term papers, letters to your grandmother – will hone your ability with words. As you keep writing, you’ll learn how to do more with less. You’ll get a feel for simplicity and elegance, when to let rip and when to hold back, and how the subtle art of suggestion can lend incredible power to a paragraph or scene.
Reading is also incredibly important. It shows you how other writers do it, how they succeed and where they fail. Whether it’s a novel, a newspaper article or the copy on the back of a cereal box – it’s all writing.
I hate it when people apologize for what they read. Some bestsellers aren’t exactly literary. So what? They’re fun and rip-roaring. Who instituted the book police and why do we have to answer to them? Grrrr!
So when it gets hard and cold and lonely, and you think it’s all useless and you’re never going to get anywhere, know that there’s only one thing you should do, only one thing you must do, only one thing you can do: Keep writing.
Donnelly is an American writer of young-adult fiction best known for the historical novel A Northern Light. 
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Jennifer Donnelly, born 16 August 1963

Six quotes from novels

  1. Sometimes, when you catch someone unaware at just the right time and in just the right light, you can catch sight of what they will be.
  2. Words fail me sometimes. I have read most every word in the Webster’s International Dictionary of the English Language, but I still have trouble making them come when I want them to. Right now I want a word that describes the feeling you get – a cold sick feeling deep down inside – when you know something is happening that will change you, and you don’t want it to, but you can’t stop it. And you know you will never be the same again.
  3. Voice is not just the sound that comes from your throat, but the feelings that come from your words.
  4. Life’s all about the revolution, isn’t it? The one inside, I mean. You can’t change history. You can’t change the world. All you can ever change is yourself.
  5. There were lives in those books, and deaths. Families and friends and lovers and enemies. Joy and despair, jealousy, envy, madness, and rage. All there. I reached out and touched the cover of one called The Earth. I could almost hear the characters inside, murmuring and jostling, impatient for me to open the cover and let them out.
  6. I listened as the words became sentences and the sentences became pages and the pages became feelings and voices and places and people.

Six quotes from Jennifer’s website

  1. I write in a room in my house in New York’s Hudson Valley. I usually have a pot of strong tea and a bar of dark chocolate for company and courage. I plot and plan and scheme and dream in longhand, but I do the actual writing on my computer.
  2. For me, research is more an art than a science.
  3. There’s only one thing that makes you a writer – and that’s writing. Writing – any kind of writing: journals, term papers, letters to your grandmother – will hone your ability with words. As you keep writing, you’ll learn how to do more with less. You’ll get a feel for simplicity and elegance, when to let rip and when to hold back, and how the subtle art of suggestion can lend incredible power to a paragraph or scene.
  4. Reading is also incredibly important. It shows you how other writers do it, how they succeed and where they fail. Whether it’s a novel, a newspaper article or the copy on the back of a cereal box – it’s all writing.
  5. I hate it when people apologize for what they read. Some bestsellers aren’t exactly literary. So what? They’re fun and rip-roaring. Who instituted the book police and why do we have to answer to them? Grrrr!
  6. So when it gets hard and cold and lonely, and you think it’s all useless and you’re never going to get anywhere, know that there’s only one thing you should do, only one thing you must do, only one thing you can do: Keep writing.

Donnelly is an American writer of young-adult fiction best known for the historical novel A Northern Light

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— 5 days ago with 56 notes
#Jennifer Donnelly  #Literary Birthday  #Writers Write  #Amanda Patterson 
Literary Birthday - 15 August
Happy Birthday, Julia Child, born 15 August 1912, died 13 August 2004
12 Quotes
I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.
It’s all theory until you see for yourself whether or not something works.
Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.
I was going to be a great woman novelist. Then the war came along and I think it’s hard for young people today, don’t you, to realize that when World War II happened we were dying to go and help our country.
People who love to eat are always the best people.
The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.
Just speak very loudly and quickly, and state your position with utter conviction, as the French do, and you’ll have a marvelous time!
A party without cake is really just a meeting.
The measure of achievement is not winning awards. It’s doing something that you appreciate, something you believe is worthwhile.
The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they’re right if you love to be with them all of the time.
The main thing is to have a gutsy approach and use your head.
Every woman should have a blowtorch.
Child was an American chef, author, and television personality. She is recognized for bringing French cuisine to the American public with her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
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Literary Birthday - 15 August

Happy Birthday, Julia Child, born 15 August 1912, died 13 August 2004

12 Quotes

  1. I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.
  2. It’s all theory until you see for yourself whether or not something works.
  3. Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.
  4. I was going to be a great woman novelist. Then the war came along and I think it’s hard for young people today, don’t you, to realize that when World War II happened we were dying to go and help our country.
  5. People who love to eat are always the best people.
  6. The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.
  7. Just speak very loudly and quickly, and state your position with utter conviction, as the French do, and you’ll have a marvelous time!
  8. A party without cake is really just a meeting.
  9. The measure of achievement is not winning awards. It’s doing something that you appreciate, something you believe is worthwhile.
  10. The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they’re right if you love to be with them all of the time.
  11. The main thing is to have a gutsy approach and use your head.
  12. Every woman should have a blowtorch.

Child was an American chef, author, and television personality. She is recognized for bringing French cuisine to the American public with her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

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— 6 days ago with 107 notes
#Julia Child  #Literary Birthday  #Writers Write  #Amanda Patterson 
Literary Birthday - 15 August
Happy Birthday, Stieg Larsson, born 15 August 1954, died 9 November 2004
FIve Quotes
Crime stories are, as you know, one of the most popular forms of entertainment that exist. If you then try to have something to say… that I have, of course.
Everyone has secrets. It’s just a matter of finding out what they are.
Writing detective stories is about writing light literature, for entertainment. It isn’t primarily a question of writing propaganda or classical literature.
I know what kind of things I myself have been irritated by in detective stories. They are often about one or two persons, but they don’t describe anything in the society outside.
I will write a couple of books and become a millionaire.
Larsson was a Swedish journalist and writer. He is best known for writing the “Millennium series” of crime novels, which started with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. They have sold more than 65 million copies.
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Literary Birthday - 15 August

Happy Birthday, Stieg Larsson, born 15 August 1954, died 9 November 2004

FIve Quotes

  1. Crime stories are, as you know, one of the most popular forms of entertainment that exist. If you then try to have something to say… that I have, of course.
  2. Everyone has secrets. It’s just a matter of finding out what they are.
  3. Writing detective stories is about writing light literature, for entertainment. It isn’t primarily a question of writing propaganda or classical literature.
  4. I know what kind of things I myself have been irritated by in detective stories. They are often about one or two persons, but they don’t describe anything in the society outside.
  5. I will write a couple of books and become a millionaire.

Larsson was a Swedish journalist and writer. He is best known for writing the “Millennium series” of crime novels, which started with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. They have sold more than 65 million copies.

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— 6 days ago with 39 notes
#stieg larsson  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson  #Writers Write 
The Plot Maker - Create a rom com storyline in five easy steps →

As part of Women’s Month celebrations, let us turn our writing skills to love stories and have some fun this week. We all love a good romantic comedy—whether it’s Pretty in PinkBridget Jones’s Diary or Crazy, Stupid Love.

How to create a fresh new storyline in five easy steps. 

P.S. This will work for your next story, novel or screenplay. 

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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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Why Writers Should Always Make a Scene →

Making a scene will not make you very popular and you should save that for when you are famous, but making scenes when you write will help you get to the famous part. 

Scenes are the building blocks of a novel. They are the stepping stones that get you from the beginning of your book to the end. On average a novel has around 60 scenes. This, of course, depends on the writer and the genre, but I find it helps to have a number to work with. An action scene is, on average, 1200 - 1500 words. A sequel, or re-action scene, is around 500-800 words.

Often we are told to ‘just write’. This is great advice, but it gives the impression that your novel is a continuous stream of words. Words that form a solid block instead of words that tell a story with highs and lows, a story that enchants, teases or terrifies us. Scenes allow us to build tension, create intrigue, and increase pace, block by block. You should start by listing your scenes. 

Here are seven excellent reasons to list every scene

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