Literary Birthday

Literary Birthday – 30 October – Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound was born 30 October 1885, and died 1 November 1972 Nine Ezra Pound Quotes Good writers are those who keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear. It ought to be illegal for an artist to marry. If…

Literary Birthday – 30 October – Paul Valéry

Paul Valéry was born 30 October 1871, and died 20 July 1945 Seven Quotes The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up. A poem is never finished, only abandoned. Books have the same enemies as people: fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their…
Lee Child

Literary Birthday – 29 October – Lee Child

Happy Birthday, Lee Child born 29 October 1954. Lee Child’s Top 10 Quotes On Writing Don’t get it right - get it WRITTEN. Writing is show business for shy people. The way to write a thriller is to ask a question at the beginning, and answer it…

Literary Birthday – 28 October – Anne Perry

Anne Perry was born 28 October 1938 in London. 'You start at the end, and then go back and write and go that way. Not everyone does, but I do. Some people just sit down at the page and start off. I start from what happened,…

Literary Birthday – 28 October – Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh was born 28 October 1903, and died 10 April 1966 Evelyn Waugh Quotes One forgets words as one forgets names. One’s vocabulary needs constant fertilising or it will die. Some people think in pictures, some in ideas. I think entirely in words. I should…

Literary Birthday – 27 October – Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas was born 27 October 1914, and died 9 November 1953. Three Quotes On Writing A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the…

Literary Birthday – 26 October – Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy was born 26 October 1945 and died 4 March 2016 'You get a little moody sometimes but I think that's because you like to read. People that like to read are always a little fucked up.' ~Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides. Pat Conroy:…

Literary Birthday – 26 October – Andrew Motion

Happy Birthday, Andrew Motion, born 26 October 1952 Andrew Motion's 10 Rules For Writers Decide when in the day (or night) it best suits you to write, and organise your life accordingly. Think with your senses as well as your brain. Honour the miraculousness of the…
Anne Tyler

Literary Birthday – 25 October – Anne Tyler

Happy Birthday, Anne Tyler, born 25 October 1941 Twelve Brilliant Quotes On Writing From Anne Tyler I can never tell ahead of time which book will give me trouble - some baulk every step of the way, others seem to write themselves - but certainly…

Literary Birthday – 25 October – Zadie Smith

Happy Birthday, Zadie Smith, born 25 October 1975 Zadie Smith's 10 Rules For Writing Fiction When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else. When an adult, try to read your own work as a…
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