August 24

Birthdays: Jorge Luis Borges (1899), Jean Rhys (1890), A.S. Byatt (1936)

Tip: Logical order: unless you’re writing a time travel story or your character is a precog, events should follow a logical order. For instance: She jumped out of the way, realizing the car was going to hit her.

This isn’t logical. She’s jumping before she’s realizing. It should be: When she realized the car was going to hit her, she jumped out of the way.

Thought for the day: “It [writing] is a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired—you quit when the gorilla is tired.” – Robert Strauss

Jumpstart: Your obsession with (what) is starting to worry me. Why?

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