Literary Birthday - 27 November - Kevin Henkes

Happy Birthday, Kevin Henkes, born 27 November 1960

Seven Quotes

  1. There is a possibility within each moment for change to occur, for good things to happen.
  2. When my work is going well, it’s transformative. I feel as if I’ve been removed from ordinary time and am living in some parallel universe, a world of grace and wonder.
  3. Writing and drawing are very different, but both are satisfying. I suppose drawing comes more naturally to me. I am much more daunted by a blank piece of typing paper than I am by a blank piece of drawing paper.
  4. If your child likes to write or draw, make sure that he/she always has paper available. Encourage children to experiment when it comes to art, and remind them to have fun and not be concerned with creating a masterpiece. If, as adults, we value art and books, our children will, too.
  5. The words always come first for me. I try to perfect them before I draw anything. However, I do think about the pictures while I write.
  6. I work on my stories in long-hand on lined notebook paper. I’ll rewrite several times before I type a nice, neat copy on my typewriter.
  7. I want my characters to be believable. I want the story to be convincing. And I want to write good sentences. It’s as simple and difficult as that.

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Henkes is an American writer and illustrator of children’s books. He won the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon as an illustrator. Olive’s Ocean andThe Year of Billy Miller were both Newbery Medal Honor Books.

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Literary Birthday - 26 November - James Dashner

Happy Birthday, James Dashner, born 26 November 1972

Nine Quotes

  1. You’ll work hard to create characters that are compelling and unforgettable. But in the end, it’s the story that matters.
  2. Make sure your book is the best it can be. None of this “my mama liked the first draft” nonsense. Rewrite and revise until it’s very good. Have lots of people read through it and give you honest feedback. Make it the best it can be. And don’t have typos. Please, in the name of all that is good and green on this Earth, do not have typos. ESPECIALLY in your query letter!
  3. When it comes to individual destiny, there is no power greater in the universe than the conviction of the human soul to make a choice. 
  4. Move the reader, make them happy and sad and excited and scared. Make them stare into space after they’ve put the book down, thinking about the tale that’s become a part of them.
  5. Be unpredictable, be real, be interesting. Tell a good story.
  6. I don’t think anything’s more rewarding than hearing that you’ve helped someone gain a love of reading.
  7. To practice - write each and every day if possible - then try to attend professional writer’s conferences where you can learn your craft, get to know fellow writers, and meet editors and agents.
  8. You will and should do everything in your power to improve your actual writing skills. 
  9. To be honest, the one thing I really wanted to accomplish was this: to thrill you, to surprise you, to humour you, to scare you, to help you have a heck of a time reading. I want you to finish each book and feel like you didn’t just waste valuable toenail-cutting time, and feel anxious to read the next one. That’s what I wanted.

Dashner is an American writer of speculative fiction, primarily series for children or young adults. He is best known for The Maze Runner.

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Literary Birthday - 25 November - William McIlvanney


Happy Birthday, William McIlvanney, born 25 November 1936

Nine Quotes

  1. Writing is a way of sharing our humanity.
  2. Laidlaw allowed me to say something to a wider audience. He has an abrasive voice but he is dealing with hard things. You are saying things about real people in a real city. If it has a philosophy, it is about surviving with dignity and decency in the main.
  3. Who thinks the law has anything to do with justice? It’s what we have because we can’t have justice.
  4. I don’t like describing things in vague ways, I like to concretise them. The main dynamic of my writing is imagery.
  5. In Scotland there survives some amount of mutual concern which I think is the key to a healthy society. There is also a refusal to be dazzled by money and status.
  6. You’re not defined by your job, you redefine your job by your humanity in the way you handle it. 
  7. I enjoy writing. Sometimes. Sometimes it feels like rubbing your head against a roughcast wall until the blood comes. I suppose writing was a clumsy desire to take hold of my experience some way. I was lucky. I was the youngest of a family where books were read and argued about endlessly.
  8. Good lies need a leavening of truth to make them palatable.
  9. Don’t lose the personal mania that makes you write. It’s great to be helped by others, but finally you have to help yourself.

McIlvanney is a Scottish author. He writes gritty novels such as Laidlaw, The Papers of Tony Veitch, and Walking Wounded, which are all known for their portrayal of Glasgow in the 1970s. He is known as “the father of ‘Tartan Noir’.

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 by Amanda Patterson. Amanda is the founder of Writers Write. Her signature courses are Writers WriteThe Plain Language Programme, and The Social Brand. Follow her on PinterestFacebookGoogle+Tumblr and Twitter.  

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