Tag Archives: John Steinbeck

Slow Growing

“In our rush-rush world, if we allow ourselves to slow down our lives and our writing process, we’ll discover that we’ll connect — or reconnect — with our most profound work.”   Louise DeSalvo, The Art of Slow Writing “The trees … Continue reading

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Book Enthusiasts

As we ply our writing trade today, let us take heart and inspiration from the words of book addicts and adorers down the ages: “Books, the children of the brain.”    Jonathan Swift “Worthy books are not companions — they are … Continue reading

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One Page

“When I face the desolate impossibility of writing five hundred pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me and I know I can never do it. This happens every time. Then gradually I write one page and then another.” … Continue reading

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Jump-starting Projects

We’ve all been there: Sometimes even the most promising of projects stalls — or rather, we stall when it comes to pushing through to the end. When this happens, more often than not, we set that piece of writing aside … Continue reading

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Steinbeck’s Six

“The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.” “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple … Continue reading

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Pencil Perfect

Roald Dahl would sharpen six Dixon Ticonderoga pencils every morning before he began writing. John Steinbeck preferred a Blackwing 602. If like me, you are a lover of writing process and the low-tech tools of our trade, then finding out … Continue reading

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Journal Juice

“The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.” Gustave Flaubert Just recently a wise friend and mentor shared an interesting experience: She decided to go through some of her old journals and pull out any snippets … Continue reading

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Free Writing

“Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing down on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually an excuse for not going on.” John Steinbeck Well, John … Continue reading

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Scintillating Sounds

“When asked “what he meant by ‘the craft of writing,’ he answered, “it is the art of penetrating other minds with the figures that are in your own mind”…. In making his own entrances into other minds, he said, he … Continue reading

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Steinbeck’s Suggestions

I came across some very no-nonsense advice that John Steinbeck gave a friend who asked him for “some rudimentary suggestions” about how to write a book. See what you think: “Don’t start by trying to make the book chronological. Just … Continue reading

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