Isabel Allende’s Advice to Young Writers

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