Quote of the day: “write a bad book”

How can you teach someone to tell a story?  Paula, by telephone, gave me the key, with a heavy dose of irony: tell them to write a bad book, that’s easy, anyone can do it.  And that’s what we did.  Each of the students set aside his or her secret dream of producing the Great American Novel and enthusiastically and fearlessly waded into the writing.  Along the way, we adjusted, corrected, cut, and polished and, after many discussions and much laughter, out came their opuses, one of which was published with much ballyhoo by a major New York firm.  Since then, any time I fall into a period of doubt, i tell myself I am going to write a bad book, and the panic passes.

Isabel Allende Paula.

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I'm a scientist by training, based in Australia.

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