February 3

Birthdays:  Sidney Lanier (1842), Gertrude Stein (1874), James Michener (1907), Richard Yates (1926), Joan Lowery Nixon (1927), Paul Auster (1947), Henning Mankell (1948), Ransom Riggs (1980)

Gertrude Stein’s memoir “The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas” made her a literary cult figure.

James Michener won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1948.

Quote: “I’m not a very good writer, but I’m excellent rewriter.” – James A. Michener

Tip: Get to know your character: what does s/he like to watch on TV? Music? Movies? Clothing? What sets her apart from other characters?

Jumpstart: Describe where your character works. How did s/he get the job? Does s/he like it? Does s/he get along with his or her coworkers? What does s/he do? Write a scene with him or her at work.

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