May 30

Birthdays: Countee Cullen (1903), Colm Toibin (1955), Ray Cooney (1932)

Tip: What’s the worst thing that could happen to your character? Do it. Then make it worse. Keep upping the ante in your story.

Thought for the day: “In order for a writer to succeed, I suggest three things – read and write – and wait.” – Countee Cullen

Jumpstart: You’ve found a very special camera. As the ancients feared, when you snap a picture, you really do capture the soul of the person. You have the power to delete, thus ending that person’s life, or upload-give them back their life. Who do you capture and what do you do?

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