Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Berg, born 2 December 1948
- I never stop writing unless my life circumstances force me to. It has nothing to do with publication. It has to do with the fact that I must do it, and that I love doing it.
- I love writing endings. Sometimes I’ll know the last line or the last scene of a novel long before I’m finished with it. I’ve written the last page of the novel I’m working on right now even though I’m still a good fifty pages from the end. I already know what I’m moving toward.
- I don’t think about anyone when I write a book. I can’t. It would freeze me up. I write for myself.
- Trust the process. Writers are born, I think, not taught. You can hone your technique, but what makes a writer is a certain sensibility. You simply have it and it doesn’t go away.
- I think a lot about what I’m going to do before I do it. I think in the shower and when I’m walking. There is a point when a book begins writing itself. It’s almost as though I see a scene and then write what I saw. I hear lines of dialogue. That’s when I know it’s okay–when it’s writing itself. It’s like a flower opening. It opens by itself. It’s unexpected and, oftentimes, surprising.
Berg is an American best-selling author of many novels, including We Are All Welcome Here, The Year of Pleasures, and Open House, which was an Oprah’s Book Club selection in 2000.
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