Literary Birthday - 12 February - Judy Blume

Happy Birthday, Judy Blume, born 12 February 1938 


  1. Having the freedom to read and the freedom to choose is one of the best gifts my parents ever gave me.
  2. Read your work aloud! This is the best advice I can give. When you read aloud you find out how much can be cut, how much is unnecessary. You hear how the story flows. And nothing teaches you as much about writing dialogue as listening to it.
  3. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives.
  4. [I]t’s not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.
  5. The best books come from someplace deep inside. You don't write because you want to, but because you have to. Become emotionally involved. If you don't care about your characters, your readers won't either.
  6. Don't let anyone discourage you! Yes, rejection and criticism hurt. Get used to it. Even when you're published you'll have to contend with less than glowing reviews. There is no writer who hasn't suffered.
  7. Something will be offensive to someone in every book, so you’ve got to fight it.
  8. I hate first drafts, and it never gets easier. People always wonder what kind of superhero power they’d like to have. I wanted the ability for someone to just open up my brain and take out the entire first draft and lay it down in front of me so I can just focus on the second, third and fourth drafts. 
  9. A person without curiosity may as well be dead.
  10. I didn’t know anything about writers. It never occurred to me they were regular people and that I could grow up to become one, even though I loved to make up stories inside my head. 
  11. I loved to read, and I think any child who loves to read will read anything, including the back of the cereal box, which I did every morning.
  12. Once I begin a new book, the most important part of the process is perseverance. I try to write seven days a week, if only for an hour or two, until I have a first draft.
  13. No one can teach you exactly how to write. Each person approaches creative writing differently. Every writer has his or her own method. 
  14. Ideas seem to come from everywhere - my life, everything I see, hear, and read, and most of all, from my imagination. I have a lot of imagination. 
  15. What I remember when I started to write was how I couldn’t wait to get up in the morning to get to my characters. 
  16. I’m really quite bad at coming up with plot ideas. I like to create characters and just see what will happen to them when I let them loose! 
  17. Fear is often disguised as moral outrage.
  18. Books opened up a whole new world to me. Through them I discovered new ideas, travelled to new places, and met new people. Books helped me learn to understand other people and they taught me a lot about myself.
  19. My only advice is to stay aware, listen carefully, and yell for help if you need it.
  20. Those of us who write do it because there are stories inside us burning to get out. Writing is essential to our well-being.

Blume is an American author. Her novels for children and young adults have sold more than 80 million copies and have been translated into 31 languages. Blume’s books were among the first to tackle racism, menstruation, divorce, bullying, masturbation, and teen sex. Blume's novels include Deenie and Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

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