Today is the birthday of Alan Sillitoe (British poet), Johann Wyss (Swiss folklorist – Swiss Family Robinson)

Tip: Always carry a notebook and pen with you. Or have a phone you can make notes on (either visually or verbally). That way, when you get that brilliant idea for a plot twist, you’ll have a place to record it.

Thought: “The muse whispers to you when she chooses, and you can’t tell her to come back later, because you quickly learn in this business that she may not come back at all.” – Terry Brooks

Teaser: What is your book about? Boil the answer down to no more than two sentences. This becomes the basis for your pitch to editors and agents.