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John Steinbeck on Writing

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“Maybe the hardest thing in writing is simply to tell the truth about things as we see them.”

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“Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on.”
“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.”
“To finish is sadness to a writer — a little death. He puts the last word down and it is done. But it isn't really done. The story goes on and leaves the writer behind, for no story is ever done.”
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