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John Steinbeck On Writing

John Steinbeck on writing: “Over the years I have written a great many stories and I still don’t know how to go about it except to write it and take my chances.”

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  1. That’s exactly what I needed to hear. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  2. David Wesley Aiken

    May 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Each day I stare through the window time frames, I not only see, but feel the angst of those others…they try to reach near the glass and pull us forward.
    In the end, armed with notes, they ride as co-pilots. Sure glad they don’t disappear.

    ‘The Painted Darkness’ will stay with me for years to come…Salinger would be jealous.

  3. That’s a great quote. Glad to see I’m not alone, and in hall of fame company!

  4. I needed to hear this advice. I just need to write and take my chances!

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