Do you Want to Start #Writing Like #Steinbeck?

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A wonderful article written by A.K. Andrew on the writing logic of John Steinbeck as told from an interview with the Paris Review and commented on by Andrew.

 

ON GETTING STARTED

Now let me give you the benefit of my experience in facing 400 pages of blank stock—the appalling stuff that must be filled. I know that no one really wants the benefit of anyone’s experience which is probably why it is so freely offered. But the following are some of the things I have had to do to keep from going nuts. . .”

 

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  1. Thank you so much for reblogging this post! I hope your readers enjoy. Steinbeck is such a great writer and his work feels fresh even today, so we can learn a lot from him.

    1. I so agree with you. Thanks for allowing me to share the great words! 🙂

  2. Thank you for sharing Deb… will click and have a read.. x

  3. Loved his number two tip.. write freely and quickly.. get the whole thing down, then re read .. 🙂 Good advice, if you start re reading you can often loose the thread of thought within the momentum..
    xx Enjoy your weekend
    Hugs Sue

    1. Absolutely Sue. It goes back to the old adage “Write first, edit later.” I’m glad you enjoyed and took something from it. Happy weekend Sue! 🙂

  4. Great share, Deb! Sigh, Steinbeck, yes 🙂

    1. No doubt you would like this Christy! xo 🙂

  5. One page a day! That would be the one for me. I’ve always thought that I could never write a book because I like to see something completed, like a short blog post, and I could never imagine finishing a work as long as a book. However, after reading this I suppose I could consider a book to be a series of blog posts and voilà, the idea seems easier already.

    1. Malcom, you would make beautiful books with your profound blog posts. Many authors do construct their books from compilations of their blog posts. This is good food for thought. Also, it is definitely challenging when writing a book to obey the golden rule, “keep writing, and don’t stop to edit.” This is something that requires a lot of discipline. However, if we looked back at every sentence and/or word we write, our books may never get completed. So now, I shall await your book! 🙂

  6. Lovely. I’ve always loved Steinbeck stories…it’s fun teaching them in the classroom. Thanks for sharing this Ms Deb.

    1. And once again, it’s lovely to have you back. 🙂 <3

  7. yesss! 🙂 Steinbeck and Hemingway have been my favourite US writers since highschool and I also studied their works at the University… last but not least: I visited their homes in California and in Key West, Florida: 🙂
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    1. Hello Melanie! I am slowly making my way over to your lovely blog in my catch up games. 🙂 And yes, I do know how you love those authors. In fact you had sent me the link to your house visit at Heminway’s and I have in draft, an article to reblog your beautiful post. xo 🙂 Thanks for visiting.

  8. Wonderful advice. Thank you Mr. Steinbeck! And thank you as well, Debby.

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