Tip: Take a writer’s break every now and then to refresh your writing self. Taking care of yourself is the best thing you can do as a writer.

Thought for the day: The hardest thing to do is to write straight honest prose on human beings. First, you have to know the subject; then you have to know how to write. Both take a lifetime to learn, and anybody is cheating who takes politics as a way out. All the outs are too easy, and the thing itself is too hard to do. – Ernest Hemingway

Jumpstart: Write a scene for your character’s birthday using the following: mask, rubber ball, plaque, chocolate.