Belva Plain (b. October 9): “Read the best there is and thereby learn.”

9 Oct

Belva Plain (9 October 1915 – 12 October 2010) was an American author. Over 30 million copies of her novels were printed in 22 languages. 21 of her novels appeared on the New York Times best-seller list.

Six quotes about writing:

  1. I’m an early riser, and morning is my work time. I have a special workroom where no one interrupts me except my dog.
  2. I write in longhand on a yellow pad. I don’t use a computer because I like to take time to think about what I’m saying. 
  3. I think it’s as difficult for me to describe the process of inspiration as it would be for a composer to tell how a melody took shape in his/her head. 
  4. My advice to would-be writers? READ. Read the best there is and thereby learn. And keep trying. Writing isn’t easy. It’s very hard work, requiring a lot of blood, sweat, and tears.
  5. I wrote Evergreen because I had to. I had no real idea that it might be published. I know how competitive the world is and I didn’t want to become the sad victim of false hopes.
  6. I thought it was time to write about the kind of people I know. I got sick of reading the same old story, told by Jewish writers, of the same old stereotypes – the possessive mothers, the worn-out fathers, all the rest of the neurotic rebellious unhappy self-hating tribe. I wanted to write a different novel about Jews – and a truer one.

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