Literary Birthday

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…

Literary Birthday – 24 October – Emma Donoghue

Happy Birthday, Emma Donoghue, born 24 October 1969 10 Emma Donoghue Quotes Some writers can produce marvellous plots without planning it out, but I can't. In particular I need to know the structure of a novel: what's going to happen in each chapter and each scene.…

Literary Birthday – 23 October – Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton was born 23 October 1942, and died 4 November 2008 Five Michael Crichton Quotes Do you know what we call opinion in the absence of evidence? We call it prejudice. Books aren’t written - they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the…

Literary Birthday – 22 October – Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing was born 22 October 1919, and died 17 November 2013 Doris Lessing: 10 Quotes On Writing As you start to write at once the question begins to insist: Why do you remember this and not that? Why do you remember in every detail a whole…

Literary Birthday – 20 October – Arthur Rimbaud

Arthur Rimbaud was born 20 October 1854, and died 10 November 1891 Five Quotes I invented colours for the vowels! A black, E white, I red, O blue, U green. I made rules for the form and movement of every consonant, and I boasted of inventing, with…

Literary Birthday – 19 October – Philip Pullman

Happy Birthday, Philip Pullman, born 19 October 1946 Philip Pullman’s Top 10 Writing Quotes Read like a butterfly, write like a bee. After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world. I write almost always in the third person, and…
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