Literary Birthday

Anne Enright

Literary Birthday – 11 October – Anne Enright

Happy Birthday, Anne Enright, born 11 October 1962 Anne Enright’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction The first 12 years are the worst. The way to write a book is to actually write a book. A pen is useful, typing is also good. Keep putting words on…
Elmore Leonard

Literary Birthday – 11 October – Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard was born 11 October 1925 and died 20 August 2013 Elmore Leonard Quotes A writer has to read. Read all the time. Decide who you like then study that author’s style. Take the author’s book or story and break it down to see how he…

Literary Birthday – 10 October – Nora Roberts

Happy Birthday, Nora Roberts, born 10 October 1950 Nora Roberts’ Top 10 Quotes on Writing Every time I hear writers talk about ‘the muse,’ I just want to bitch-slap them. It’s a job. Do your job. The most important thing in writing is to have written.…
Frank Herbert

Literary Birthday – 8 October – Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert was born 8 October 1920, and died 11 February 1986 15 Quotes There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story. The gift of words is the gift of deception and illusion. Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute…
Thomas Keneally

Literary Birthday – 7 October – Thomas Keneally

Happy Birthday, Thomas Keneally, born 7 October 1935 Seven Quotes On Writing I was a weird eccentric kid but I did believe in the power of the word and of the word being made flesh I suppose, which again I suppose came from my temperament as…

Literary Birthday – 5 October – Michael Morpurgo

Happy Birthday, Michael Morpurgo, born 5 October 1943 Michael Morpurgo’s 10 Rules For Writers The prerequisite for me is to keep my well of ideas full. This means living as full and varied a life as possible, to have my antennae out all the time. Ted…
Anne Rice

Literary Birthday – 4 October – Anne Rice

Happy Birthday, Anne Rice, born 4 October 1941 Anne Rice: On Writing My advice is the same to all. If you want to be a writer, write. Write and write and write. If you stop, start again. Save everything that you write. If you feel…
Gore Vidal

Literary Birthday – 3 October – Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal was born 3 October 1925, and died 31 July 2012 10 Gore Vidal Quotes The unfed mind devours itself. Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half. By the time…
Graham Greene

Literary Birthday – 2 October – Graham Greene

Graham Greene was born 2 October 1904, and died 3 April 1991 Graham Greene: 14 Quotes On Life, Love, and Writing It’s a strange thing to discover and to believe that you are loved when you know that there is nothing in you for anybody but a…

Literary Birthday – 1 October – Tim O’Brien

Happy Birthday, Tim O’Brien, born 1 October 1946 The Shape Of Stories That’s what fiction is for. It’s for getting at the truth when the truth isn’t sufficient for the truth. But this too is true: stories can save us. Stories are for joining the past…
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