February 9

Birthdays: Anthony Hope (1863), Amy Lowell (1874), Thomas Bernhard (1931), Lionel Fanthorpe (1935), J. M. Coetzee (1940), Alice Walker (1944)

Amy Lowell won the 1926 Pulitzer for Poetry.

J.M. Coetzee won the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Alice Walker won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature and the National Book Award for “The Color Purple”

Quote: “Fiction is such a world of freedom, it’s wonderful. If you want someone to fly, they can fly.” – Alice Walker

Tip: Make a list of words that sound good to your ears. They might be onomatopoeic (buzz, sizzle) or simply words that suggest particular emotions or qualities. Keep them on hand for when you need a specific feeling.

Jumpstart: He stared at the key in his hand…the key to everything…

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