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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, December 7, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Willa Cather was born on this day, 1913. On writing, she said, “If I made a chore of it, my enthusiasm would die…I make it an adventure every day.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, December 6, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, December 6, 2021

It’s children’s writer Susanna Moodie’s birthday today. Born 1903 in England, she wrote about frontier life in Canada, compared to the Little House books, but with the goal of discouraging English people from undertaking the adventure.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, December 5, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, December 5, 2021

“Do not whine… Do not complain. Work harder. Spend more time alone.” – Joan Didion, born on this day in 1934.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, December 4, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, December 4, 2021

It’s the birthday of mystery writer Cornell Woolrich (1903) whose stories were often adapted for radio and film, including “The Bride Wore Black” and “Night Has a Thousand Eyes.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, December 3, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, December 3, 2021

This day in 1947 the play “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams premiered on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, December 2, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, December 2, 2021

“People like to ask me if writing can be taught, and I say yes… but I can’t teach you how to have something to say.”—Ann Patchett, born on this day 1963.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, December 1, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, December 1, 2021

On this day in 1860 the first two chapters of Charles Dickens’ novel “Great Expectations” were published.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, November 30, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, November 30, 2021

“A successful book is not made of what is in it, but of what is left out of it”– Mark Twain, born Samuel Clemens in Florida, Missouri on this day in 1835.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, November 29, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, November 29, 2021

November 29th celebrates the birth of Madeleine L’Engle author of “A Wrinkle in Time,”and Louisa May Alcott author of “Little Women”, and C.S. Lewis, author of “The Chronicles of Narnia.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, November 28, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, November 28, 2021

It’s the birthday of poet and artist William Blake, (1757). “Without minute neatness of execution, the sublime cannot exist! Grandeur of ideas is founded on precision of ideas.”

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