April 29

Birthdays: William Randolph Hearst (1863), Yusef Komunyakaa (1947), Jill Paton Walsh (1937)

Tip: Good editors should make your manuscript shine but should not change your voice. This is *your* story, not theirs.

Thought for the day: “Students often have such a lofty idea of what a poem is, and I want them to realise that their own lives are where the poetry comes from. The most important things are to respect the language; to know the classical rules, even if only to break them; and to be prepared to edit, to revise, to shape.” Yusef Komunyakaa

Jumpstart: You’re being honored at a dinner for your writing. Write a speech that will bring the house to their feet instead of putting them to sleep.

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