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Happy Birthday, Charlotte Bingham, born 29 June 1942
Three Quotes
My study is above the kitchen at the far end of the house overlooking the garden. I write six days a week: I like to be at my desk by 9am every morning and will write till around 1.30. Then I may go back to do some reading, researching or re-writing till around 4.30.
Some people are very unfulfilled. In consequence they write passionately good romance because they believe that they could still find happiness. Emily Bronte was not a fulfilled woman but the passion she felt went into Wuthering Heights.
You can’t write any form of fiction unless you enjoy reading it. You must be sincere in your approach. It’s no good despising the form. So many people think they could earn some money from writing something for which they have no affection. It won’t work. The first thing you have to have is belief.
Bingham is an English novelist who has written over 30 historical romance novels. She has also written many television programmes including Upstairs, Downstairs. 
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amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, Charlotte Bingham, born 29 June 1942

Three Quotes

  1. My study is above the kitchen at the far end of the house overlooking the garden. I write six days a week: I like to be at my desk by 9am every morning and will write till around 1.30. Then I may go back to do some reading, researching or re-writing till around 4.30.
  2. Some people are very unfulfilled. In consequence they write passionately good romance because they believe that they could still find happiness. Emily Bronte was not a fulfilled woman but the passion she felt went into Wuthering Heights.
  3. You can’t write any form of fiction unless you enjoy reading it. You must be sincere in your approach. It’s no good despising the form. So many people think they could earn some money from writing something for which they have no affection. It won’t work. The first thing you have to have is belief.

Bingham is an English novelist who has written over 30 historical romance novels. She has also written many television programmes including Upstairs, Downstairs

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amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, Pearl S Buck, born 26 June 1892, died 6 March 1973
10 Quotes
In a mood of faith and hope my work goes on. A ream of fresh paper lies on my desk waiting for the next book. I am a writer and I take up my pen to write.
To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.
Love cannot be forced, love cannot be coaxed and teased. It comes out of heaven, unasked and unsought.
There are many ways of breaking a heart. Stories were full of hearts broken by love, but what really broke a heart was taking away its dream — whatever that dream might be.
The basic discovery about any people is the discovery of the relationship between its men and its women.
The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
Hunger makes a thief of any man.
The truth is always exciting. Speak it, then. Life is dull without it.
I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.
One faces the future with one’s past.
Buck was an American writer and novelist who spent most of her life before 1934 in China. Her novel The Good Earth won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. She won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1938.
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amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, Pearl S Buck, born 26 June 1892, died 6 March 1973

10 Quotes

  1. In a mood of faith and hope my work goes on. A ream of fresh paper lies on my desk waiting for the next book. I am a writer and I take up my pen to write.
  2. To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.
  3. Love cannot be forced, love cannot be coaxed and teased. It comes out of heaven, unasked and unsought.
  4. There are many ways of breaking a heart. Stories were full of hearts broken by love, but what really broke a heart was taking away its dream — whatever that dream might be.
  5. The basic discovery about any people is the discovery of the relationship between its men and its women.
  6. The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
  7. Hunger makes a thief of any man.
  8. The truth is always exciting. Speak it, then. Life is dull without it.
  9. I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.
  10. One faces the future with one’s past.

Buck was an American writer and novelist who spent most of her life before 1934 in China. Her novel The Good Earth won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. She won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1938.

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amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, Winifred Holtby, born 23 June 1898, died 17 September 1935
Five Quotes
We’re so busy resigning ourselves to the inevitable that we don’t even ask if it is inevitable. We’ve got to have courage, to take our future into our hands. If the law is oppressive, we must change the law. If tradition is obstructive, we must break tradition. If the system is unjust, we must reform the system.
But questioning does not mean the end of loving, and loving does not mean the abnegation of intelligence.
I am a feminist because I dislike everything that feminism implies. I desire an end to the whole business, the demands for equality, the suggestion of sex warfare, the very name feminist. I want to be about the work in which my real interests like, the writing of novels and so forth. But while inequality exists, while injustice is done and opportunity denied to the great majority of women, I shall have to be a feminist.
The things that one most wants to do are the things that are probably most worth doing.
I took my courage and curiosity in both hands and chose the writer whose art seemed most of all removed from anything I could ever attempt, and whose experience was most alien to my own… . I found it the most enthralling adventure–to enter, even at second-hand, that world of purely aesthetic and intellectual interests, was to me as strange an exploration as it would have been for Virginia Woolf to sit beside my mother’s pie and hear my uncles talk fat-stock prices and cub-hunting. I felt that I was learning and learning with every fibre of such brain as I have.
Holtby was an English novelist and journalist, best known for her novel South Riding, and her biography, Virginia Woolf: A Critical Memoir
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amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, Winifred Holtby, born 23 June 1898, died 17 September 1935

Five Quotes

  1. We’re so busy resigning ourselves to the inevitable that we don’t even ask if it is inevitable. We’ve got to have courage, to take our future into our hands. If the law is oppressive, we must change the law. If tradition is obstructive, we must break tradition. If the system is unjust, we must reform the system.
  2. But questioning does not mean the end of loving, and loving does not mean the abnegation of intelligence.
  3. I am a feminist because I dislike everything that feminism implies. I desire an end to the whole business, the demands for equality, the suggestion of sex warfare, the very name feminist. I want to be about the work in which my real interests like, the writing of novels and so forth. But while inequality exists, while injustice is done and opportunity denied to the great majority of women, I shall have to be a feminist.
  4. The things that one most wants to do are the things that are probably most worth doing.
  5. I took my courage and curiosity in both hands and chose the writer whose art seemed most of all removed from anything I could ever attempt, and whose experience was most alien to my own… . I found it the most enthralling adventure–to enter, even at second-hand, that world of purely aesthetic and intellectual interests, was to me as strange an exploration as it would have been for Virginia Woolf to sit beside my mother’s pie and hear my uncles talk fat-stock prices and cub-hunting. I felt that I was learning and learning with every fibre of such brain as I have.

Holtby was an English novelist and journalist, best known for her novel South Riding, and her biography, Virginia Woolf: A Critical Memoir

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amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, David Leavitt, born 23 June 1961
Five Quotes
Obviously any fiction is going to be a combination of what is invented, what is overheard, what is experienced, what is experienced by people close to you, what you are told, what you have read, all mixed together into this kind of soup which, like any good soup, at the end you cannot really distinguish the ingredients.
Novels are forged in passion, demand fidelity and commitment, often drive you to boredom or rage, sleep with you at night. They are the long haul. They are marriage. Stories, on the other hand, you can lose yourself in for a few weeks and then wrap up, or grow tired of and abandon and (maybe) return to later. They can cuddle you sweetly, or make you get on your knees and beg.
When one writer tries to silence another, he silences every writer-and in the end he also silences himself.
We all spend so much time worrying about the future that the present moment slips right out of our hands. And so all we have left is retrospection and anticipation, retrospection and anticipation. 
In a memoir, I think, the contract implies a certain degree of truth. I think you have to be as true to your memory and your experience as you possibly can.
Leavitt is an American writer of novels, short stories, and non-fiction.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, David Leavitt, born 23 June 1961

Five Quotes

  1. Obviously any fiction is going to be a combination of what is invented, what is overheard, what is experienced, what is experienced by people close to you, what you are told, what you have read, all mixed together into this kind of soup which, like any good soup, at the end you cannot really distinguish the ingredients.
  2. Novels are forged in passion, demand fidelity and commitment, often drive you to boredom or rage, sleep with you at night. They are the long haul. They are marriage. Stories, on the other hand, you can lose yourself in for a few weeks and then wrap up, or grow tired of and abandon and (maybe) return to later. They can cuddle you sweetly, or make you get on your knees and beg.
  3. When one writer tries to silence another, he silences every writer-and in the end he also silences himself.
  4. We all spend so much time worrying about the future that the present moment slips right out of our hands. And so all we have left is retrospection and anticipation, retrospection and anticipation. 
  5. In a memoir, I think, the contract implies a certain degree of truth. I think you have to be as true to your memory and your experience as you possibly can.

Leavitt is an American writer of novels, short stories, and non-fiction.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write