January 9 Writing

Birthdays: Thomas Warton (1728), Thomas Robertson (1829), Henry Fuller (1857), Karel Capek (1890), Simone de Beauvoir (1908), Judith Krantz (1928), Algis Budrys (1931), Wilbur Smith (1933), Ann Siddons (1936), William Morris Meredith (1919), Stuart Woods (1938), John Dunning (1942), Philippa Gregory (1954), Rigoberta Menchu (1959)

Anne Rivers Siddons was an American novelist who wrote stories set in the southern United States.

Karel Capek was a science fiction writer known for making the word “robot” popular.

Thomas Warton (the younger) was Poet Laureate in 1785.

William Morris Meredith was the US Poet Laureate from 1978-1980

Henry Fuller was perhaps the earliest established American author to explore homosexuality in fiction.

Simone de Beauvoir had significant influence on feminist theory and her book “The Second Sex” was a detailed analysis of women’s oppression.

Quote: “Somebody said writing is easy, you just sit down at your typewriter and open a vein. It depends on the book.” – Ann Rivers Siddons

Tip: When someone sees your name on the spine of a book, what do you want them to think? What is your “brand”?

Jumpstart: The world would be a better place if only… (finish this paragraph from your character’s point of view)

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