How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives.

— Judy Blume

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Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them.

How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.

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Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them.

If parents and kids can talk together, we won't have as much censorship because we won't have as much fear.

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My only advice is to stay aware, listen carefully, and yell for help if you need it.

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Believe in yourself and you can achieve greatness in your life.

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Having the freedom to read and the freedom to choose is one of the best gifts my parents ever gave me.

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[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.

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Books opened up a whole new world to me.

Through them I discovered new ideas, traveled to new places, and met new people. Books helped me learn to understand other people and they taught me a lot about myself. ... Some books you never forget. Some characters become your friends for life.

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We are friends for life. When we’re together the years fall away. Isn’t that what matters? To have someone who can remember with you? To have someone who remembers how far you’ve come?

15

Snoring keeps the monsters away.

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I don't believe in writer's block. There are good days when you're writing and less good days. I've learned that if it's not happening to walk away and return later. I doodle a lot and often get my best ideas with a pencil in my hand while I'm doodling. The problem is, sometimes I lose my doodles and that's bad!

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I have to go with what comes naturally to me.

Fantasy isn't my thing. I did enjoy the Oz books when I was growing up and certainly my grandson and I read Harry Potter together. You write what you can as well as you can.

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A good writer is always a people watcher.

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About Judy Blume

Quotes 153 sayings
Profession Film writer
Birthday October 16

Some characters become your friends for life. That's how it was for me with Betsy-Tacy.

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When I was growing up, I dreamed about becoming a cowgirl, a detective, a spy, a great actress, or a ballerina. Not a dentist, like my father, or a homemaker, like my mother - and certainly not a writer, although I always loved to read.

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I love picture books. I think some of the best people in children's books are the ones who create their own picture books. I wish I could say I'm one of them, but I'm not.

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I never read the "Bobbsey Twins" or "Boxcar Children.

"But I did remember being downtown, at the bookstore by myself and having an allowance and spending it on a Nancy Drew mysteries. And I was probably eleven, twelve.

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Something will be offensive to someone in every book, so you've got to fight it.

4

I stop and think before I start a new book and ask myself do I really want to spend the next year or two or three with these characters because if I don't, then I shouldn't be writing about them.

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I never thought about writing. I was married young, I was still in college, as we did then, and I had two babies before I was 25, and I loved them, and I loved taking care of them, but I was a little bit cuckoo, staying at home and not having a creative outlet.

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The best books come from someplace deep inside.

... Become emotionally involved. If you don't care about your characters, your readers won't either.

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I am certainly a fearful person, but fearless in my writing. So there's that other person inside.

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Fear is often disguised as moral outrage.

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It's not so much that I like him as a person God, but as a boy he's very handsome.

3

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.

3

Something awful happens to a person who grows up as a creative kid and suddenly finds no creative outlet as an adult.

3

I wanted to tell him that I will never be sorry for loving him.

That in a way I still do - that maybe I always will. I'll never regret one single thing we did together because what we had was very special. Maybe if we were ten years older it would have worked out differently. Maybe. I think it's just that I'm not ready for forever.

2

I like revising much, much better than getting down a first draft.

The first draft is just getting the pieces to the puzzle. Then I get to put the puzzle together!

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I was sick all the time, one exotic illness after another, which lasted throughout my twenties. My worst decade. But from the day the first book was accepted, I never got sick again. Writing changed my life.

2

I like one hair, tuna fish, the smell of rain and things that are pink.

I hate pimples, baked potatoes, when my mother's mad, and religious holidays.

1

The truth will make you odd.

1

My insides still turn over when he looks at me that certain way.

1

The only thing that works with writing is that you care so passionately about it yourself, that you make someone else care passionately about it.

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My mother was my greatest fan.

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I'm a people person. I never get tired of watching people, especially young people.

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When I'm writing a book, you can't think about your audience.

You're going to be in big trouble if you think about it. You're got to write from deep inside.

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If all you leave in the library is books that you think speak to everyone, what are you going to have? You'd have nothing.

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When I was twelve. And I was going through my parents' bookshelves, I found the most wonderful books and plenty of. Within those wonderful books that were real turn-on's. At 12 or 13, books were such turn-ons.

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My characters live inside my head for a long time before I actually start a book. They become so real to me, I talk about them at the dinner table as if they are real. Some people consider this weird. But my family understands.

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Suppose there aren't any more A + days once you get to be twelve? Wouldn't that be something! To spend the rest of your life looking for an A + day and not finding it.

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My husband says I have too much imagination, but I don't think a writer can have too much imagination!

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I'm a rewriter. That's the part I like best . . . once I have a pile of paper to work with, it's like having the pieces of a puzzle. I just have to put the pieces together to make a picture.

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[Writing] totally changed my life. It gave me my life. Everything opened up.

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I think about Lenaya and Hugh. Will they know how much I've changed this year? Will they have changed too? I'll wait until tomorrow to find out. And then it's possible I won't find out after all. Because some changes happen deep down inside of you. And the truth is, only you know about them. Maybe that's the way it's supposed to be.

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It's strange, but when it comes right down to it I never do fall apart--even when I'm sure I will.

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I like to read fiction best and I like to write fiction, too.

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I have like two dreams a week that I have to write a paper that I'm late with or that I've gone back to high school and have to do that in addition to my current job.

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I am a big defender of 'Harry Potter,' and I think any book that gets kids to read are books that we should cherish, we should be thankful for them.

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I thought [books ban] was crazy. Really my thoughts were "This is America, we don't do this here" but of course I know a lot better now. And I wasn't the only one. Norma Klein was writing at the same time. Her books were going. So many of us. When you say to me, no you can't do this I say, oh yes I can.

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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!

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