Know Your History – 9th October – Belva Plain born

know your history - writingOn this day… 9th October, 1915 – Belva Plain born

Belva Plain (October 9, 1915 – October 12, 2010), née Offenberg, was a best-selling American author of mainstream fiction. She was born in New York City. Before breaking into publishing, Belva Plain wrote short stories for magazines while raising her three children. She sold her first story to Cosmopolitan at age 25 and “contributed several dozen to various women’s magazines until she had three children in rapid succession.” Her first novel, Evergreen, was published in 1978. It topped the New York Times bestseller list for 41 weeks and was made into a TV miniseries.

Advice On Writing

  1. Entertainment is a very valid need.
  2. My advice to would-be writers? READ. Read the best there is and thereby learn. And keep trying. Writing isn’t easy-it is veryBelva Plain hard work, requiring a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. Many colleges offer extension courses in writing. I think these are very helpful.
  3. I wrote Evergreen because I had to write it. I had no real idea that it might be published and that’s the truth. I know how competitive the world is and I did not want to become the sad victim of false hopes.
  4. 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.
  5. I am an early riser, though, and morning is my work time. I do have a special workroom where no one interrupts me except my dog.

6.I write in long-hand on a yellow pad-I do not use a computer because, first of all I’m not computer literate and second because I like to take time to think about what I am saying.

7.I think it is as difficult for me to describe this process of inspiration as it would be for a composer to tell how a melody took shape in his/her head.

Extract that featured on writers-write-creative-blog

Did You Know?

When “Evergreen” became an overnight success, Belva Plain was a grandmother approaching 60.

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