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How to Write Like Steinbeck. Sort of…

Posted on April 10, 2012 by

Gosh, I really do need to start blogging more.  It was one of my New Year resolutions but it hasn’t happened yet.  Maybe it can be an early-mid April resolution instead, even if they’re just short blog posts with interesting links.

Anyway, here’s today’s interesting post for any would-be writers out there.  There are a million books on how to write (or so it often seems) but I love the fact that John Steinbeck, winner of countless awards including the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes, conveyed his advice in to six simple points. The last I think is one of the most important – a lot of the books we see, whether self-published or from big name authors, feel lumpy and often it’s when you read the dialogue out loud that you realise the problem.

Anyway, here’s the link to the full piece at Brain Pickings (one of my favourite blogs) – Six Tips on Writing from John Steinbeck.

See you soon.  Promise.


One Response to “How to Write Like Steinbeck. Sort of…”

  1. catdownunder
    April 11th, 2012 @ 12:05 am

    It’s not just dialogue though is it? I hate it when writing “jerks” along and you notice it is doing that.

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