JOHN STEINBECK’S advice to writers

 Every shattered writer should do a pilgrimage to the John Steinbeck birthplace in Salinas, California. Yeah, it’s true, I was shattered, not blocked exactly but every word sounded phony. My visit to John Steinbeck’s house set me back on the road to finishing my novel Burma Shave Days and Evangelist Nights. I’m taking his advice and it works. Steinbeck says:

 If a story is not about the hearer, he will not listen. And here I made a rule—a great and interesting story is about everyone or it will not last.

I thought about that while enjoyed the great lunch: mushroom bisque, bacon and tomato pie, and lemon cream cake. Or—was it that mysterious Steinbeck tea they served that boosted my creativity?  Anyway, hang in there, next time I’ll give you the recipe for the tomato pie.

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  1. Hi Fairlee,
    There are probably no truer words than Steinbeck’s on engaging the reader. The trick is writing about your characters so they appear as flesh and blood and identifiable to the reader on the sub-conscious level. And that, as Shakespeare wrote, is the rub.
    I’m posting a new blog titled Hunting Stories and using your book cover and a bit about your book.
    Eunice “Eunie”

    • I’ll check out your Hunting Stories right now, Eunie.


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