Literary Birthday

Literary Birthday – 5 January – Tananarive Due

Happy Birthday, Tananarive Due, born 5 January 1966 Quotes I don't think there is enough respect in general for the time it takes to write consistently good fiction. Too many people think they will master writing overnight, or that they are as good as they…

Literary Birthday – 5 January – W.D. Snodgrass

W.D. Snodgrass was born 5 January 1926 and died 13 January 2009 Quotes If they all praise your first book, you can be sure that they will then all attack your second book violently. That’s the way those things always go. I've been accused of…

Literary Birthday – 4 January – Natalie Goldberg

Happy Birthday, Natalie Goldberg, born 4 January 1948 10 Quotes Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open. You have to let writing eat your life and follow it where it…

Literary Birthday – 3 January – Patricia Lee Gauch

Happy Birthday, Patricia Lee Gauch, born 3 January 1934 Quotes The passion for the story is the wind in your narrative sails. Begin at the heart. We must hear the heartbeat of the story. Love your characters into existence. A writer's heart must beat. A…

Literary Birthday – 1 January – Conn Iggulden

Happy Birthday, Conn Iggulden, born 1 January 1971 Quotes In this age of video games and cell phones, there must still be a place for knots, tree houses, and stories of incredible courage. I write a thousand words a day and then begin the next…

Literary Birthday – 30 December – Paul Bowles

Paul Bowles was born 30 December 1910 and died 18 November 1999 Six Quotes It's very hard to write about that which is always beautiful and pleasant and good. You don't get anywhere with it. There's no friction in it. There's no trouble. You have to…

Literary Birthday – 29 December – Paul Rudnick

Happy Birthday, Paul Rudnick, born 29 December 1957 Seven Quotes As a writer, I need an enormous amount of time alone. Writing is 90 percent procrastination: reading magazines, eating cereal out of the box, watching infomercials. It's a matter of doing everything you can to avoid writing,…

Literary Birthday – 28 December – Simon Raven

Simon Raven was born 28 December 1927 and died 12 May 2001 Quotes Art for art's sake, money for God's sake. Gentlemen can now only behave as such, or be tolerated as such, in circumstances that are manifestly contrived or unreal. Since life is short and the world…

Literary Birthday – 27 December – Elizabeth Smart

Elizabeth Smart was born 27 December 1913 and died 4 March 1986 Quotes A pen is a furious weapon. But it needs a rage of will. Work is the only only only remedy for life: for happiness, for interest, for stability, for security. Hard, willed…

Literary Birthday – 27 December – Mina Loy

Mina Loy was born 27 December 1882 and died 25 September 1966 Quotes Poetry is prose bewitched, a music made of visual thoughts, the sound of an idea. Life is only limited by our prejudices. Destroy them, and you cease to be at the mercy of…
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