May 19

Birthdays: Bernadotte Schmitt (1886), Ernest Samuels (1903), T. Harry Williams (1909), Lorraine Hansberry (1930), Paul Erdman (1932), Tom Feelings (1933), Ruskin Bond (1934), Nora Ephron (1941), Jonathan Dee (1962), Jodi Picoult (1966), Jassy Mackenzie (1970),

Bernadotte Schmitt won the Pulitzer for History for “The Coming of the War, 1914”

Ernest Samuels won the Pulitzer for Biography for his work on Bernard Berenson

T. Harry Williams won a Pulitzer for Biography for his bio on Huey Long

Quote: Writing: “When you’re different, sometimes you don’t see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn’t.” ― Jodi Picoult, Change of Heart

“Book readers are special people, and they will always turn to books as the ultimate pleasure. Those who do not read are the unfortunate ones. There’s nothing wrong with them; but they are missing out on one of life’s compensations and rewards. A great book is a friend that never lets you down. You can return to it again and again and the joy first derived from it will still be there.” ― Ruskin Bond

 “Here’s a foolproof recipe. Four cups of reading. Two cups of writing. One cup of rewriting, two tablespoons of feedback from knowledgeable people. A dash of humility, a pinch of optimism, and a sackload of perseverance. Finally, write from your heart, or don’t write at all. Passion fuels the process.” – Jassy Mackenzie

Tip: Make sure your manuscript has the same font throughout. Sometimes, in doing different versions, fonts get mixed up. TNR12 (Times New Roman) is the standard, but whatever font you use, make sure you use it throughout.

Jumpstart: Darkness fell, and with it, my nerve… (finish this using: hanging tree, carburetor, teddy)

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