Literary Birthday - 2 September - Eugene Field

Happy Birthday, Eugene Field, born 2 September 1850, died 4 November 1895

Five Quotes

  1. No book can be appreciated until it has been slept with and dreamed over.
  2. Not so, however, with books, for books cannot change. A thousand years hence they are what you find them to-day, speaking the same words, holding forth the same cheer, the same promise, the same comfort; always constant, laughing with those who laugh and weeping with those who weep.
  3. Ideas came with explosive immediacy, like an instant birth. Human thought is like a monstrous pendulum; it keeps swinging from one extreme to the other.
  4. It always was the biggest fish I caught that got away. 
  5. The best of all physicians Is apple pie and cheese! 

Field was an American writer, best known for his children’s poetry and humorous essays.

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Literary Birthday - 1 September - Marguerite Gardiner

Happy Birthday, Marguerite Gardiner, born 1 September 1789, died 4 June 1849

Seven Quotes

  1. Happiness consists not in having much, but in being content with little.
  2. A woman’s head is always influenced by heart; but a man’s heart by his head.
  3. Conversation is the legs on which thought walks; and writing, the wings by which it flies.
  4. Some people are capable of making great sacrifices, but few are capable of concealing how much the effort has cost them.
  5. Wit is the lightning of the mind, reason the sunshine, and reflection the moonlight.
  6. We never respect those who amuse us, however we may smile at their comic powers.
  7. Talent, like beauty, to be pardoned, must be obscure and unostentatious.

Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington, was an Irish novelist.

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Literary Birthday - 31 August - Kenneth Oppel

Happy Birthday, Kenneth Oppel, born 31 August 1967

Nine Quotes

  1. For me the hard part of writing isn’t coming up with ideas — it’s shaping and developing an idea into a good story. I find writing very hard work, and I write and rewrite my stories many times before I’m happy with them. I think inspiration is a small part of the writing process; perseverance is equally, if not more, important!
  2. When I was a kid, I wanted to be an architect — and I think there are some interesting similarities betweem architecture and writiing — the kind of writing I do, especially, which is heavily structured, and often takes the reader on a journey through a number of physical environment.
  3. First I write an outline of the story, then a first draft, which might take up to six months. Then I try to take a break so I get a fresh perspective on the story when I come back to rewrite and revise. This takes several months. I find that rewriting is when the book gets really interesting — I understand the story and the characters much better the second time around!
  4. If you want to become a writer, write. Write a diary, keep a notebook of your ideas, and write whatever it is you love to write: poems, or short stories, or longer works of fiction or non fiction.
  5. Write about the things you love. That’s what I did when I was a teen. I wrote science fiction stories (a lot like Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, and other movies I loved); I wrote fantasy stories (like Dungeons andf Dragons, or Lord of the Rings), and I wrote a story about a kid addicted to video games (like me) — and that became my first published book, just as I was leaving high school.
  6. When you write something, get as much feedback as you can. Parents, teachers, trusted friends. Every bit of intelligent criticism is valuable to you. Submit your work to student magazines and contests.
  7. Always read as much as you can, because that will help you learn what kind of things you like to write best — and you can learn techniques from your favourite writers. What makes something scary, or sad, or exciting, or funny.
  8. Don’t be discouraged if you have to rewrite a story many times. The biggest part of being a successful writer is rewriting, and having the discipline to stick with a story until it’s as good as it can be!
  9. In the end, the people who really have the passion and skill for writing will write — because there’s nothing else they’d rather do.

Oppel is a Canadian writer. He was written 27 books, which include the Silverwingand Airborn series.

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