Monthly Archives: August 2016

Journal of novel: Aug. 15, 2016. Surprise

In his Feb. 23 Journal of a Novel entry, Steinbeck writes that the novel he’s working on is “really beginning to move and breathe and have a life of its own,” so much so that the characters are taking over. Continue reading

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Journal of a novel: Aug. 12, 2016. TGIF

There’s something about needing to recharge the creative batteries by stepping away, doing other things, using a different part of the brain. I’ve see this described as the “Demeter Dilemma.” Continue reading

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Journal of a novel: Aug, 11, 2016. Word choice

In his Feb. 20 “Journal of a Novel” entry, John Steinbeck cautions himself not to let his writing “ever be adjectivally descriptive. I must hold description to an absolute minimum.” Continue reading

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Journal of a novel: Aug. 10, 2016. Word count

In a series of posts, I’ll share both Steinbeck’s Journal of a Novel and what I learn from it, and I’ll show you what the writing life is like for me. In his Feb. 15 Journal of a Novel entry, John Steinbeck has at last decided to commence writing his novel, and muses about his word count goal. Continue reading

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Journal of a novel: Aug. 9, 2016. The blank page

In his writing journal, John Steinbeck states that his second day of work on his novel was a bust as far as getting into the writing. He suffered from from the fear of putting down the first line. Continue reading

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Journal of a novel: August 8, 2106. Mood

In a “Journal of a Novel” entry, John Steinbeck observes that he hopes to be relaxed when writing his novel so that the book will” soothe and excite.” I wondered how much does the author’s mood influence the reader’s experience? Continue reading

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Journal of a novel: Aug. 5, 2016. Audience

In John Steinbeck’s first “Journal of a Novel” entry, he tells his editor that he will “start my book addressed to my boys.” To whom do I “address” my writing? I wondered. Continue reading

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Journal of a novel

A year after Steinbeck’s death, the journal that he kept while writing “East of Eden” was published. I found myself wondering if there was some wisdom in an award-winning author’s journal that I as a writer would find helpful. Apparently, the general public is also interested in what goes on behind the scenes. Continue reading

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