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John Steinbeck on Writing

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“The basic rule [of writing] given us was simple and heartbreaking. A story to be effective had to convey something from the writer to the reader, and the power of its offering was the measure of its excellence. Outside of that, there were no rules.”

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“Three hours of writing require twenty hours of preparation. Luckily I have learned to dream about the work, which saves me some working time.”
“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”
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