Isabel Allende
Novelist
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Isabel Allende’s Advice to Young Writers

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In writing, as in sports, “if you want to compete you have to train.”

Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende is a Chilean-American author who has published 18 books, including works of fiction, non-fiction, and memoir. She is one of the best-known female writers in Latin America, and is known particularly for the novels "The House of the Spirits" and "City of the Beasts." Her books have been translated into over 30 languages and have sold more than 56 million copies.
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Question: What advice would you give young writers?

Isabel Allende: I would say, write.  If you want to do sports, you train, every day.  If you want to compete you have to train, and nobody sees the training, and nobody cares much about the training, but if you don’t do it you’re not prepared for the competition to play the game.  The same as a writer.  You have to write every day and train.  For every good page you would have written 20 pages that end up in the trash.  That doesn’t matter, that’s your training.

Recorded on May 3, 2010
Interviewed by Priya George


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