August 26

Birthdays: Christopher Isherwood (1904), Julio Cortázar (1914), Barbara Ehrenreich (1941), Guillaume Apollinaire (1880), John Buchan (1875), Paula Hawkins (1972)

Tip: Don’t give your reader a laundry list of things: She went to the store, then to the doctor’s, then worked out at the gym… Break things up with something more interesting.

Thought for the day: “The novel wins by points, the short story by knockout.” – Julio Cortazar

Jumpstart: I was just so done with everything. With life. I wanted to scream. But that’s not proper. Not polite. So I…

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