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“I Always Start on 8 January”

January 8, 2013 | by

On January 8, 1981, Isabel Allende wrote a letter to her dying grandfather that later turned into her first novel, The House of the Spirits. Ever since, this has been the date on which Allende starts a new work. Having started, she writes from Monday through Saturday, from 9 A.M. to 7 P.M. We wish her happy writing and hope to profit by her industrious example.








  1. brian cullman | January 8, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I make it a point to never read her work except when January 8th falls on a Sunday. Rules are rules!

  2. Poppy Staris | January 9, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    wow, you read her work once every 7 years?

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