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Journal of a novel: Aug. 29, 2016. Villains

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 my last post, I blogged about John Steinbeck’s … Continue reading

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Journal of a novel: Aug. 26, 2016. Page 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. John Steinbeck wrote every weekday, and sometimes on the … Continue reading

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Journal of a novel: Aug. 24, 2016. Show, don’t tell

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. I have to laugh. In John Steinbeck’s first Journal of … Continue reading

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Journal of a Novel: Aug. 23, 2016. A different breed

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 Monday, March 26, Journal of a Novel … Continue reading

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Journal of a novel: Aug. 22, 2106. The magic pencil

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. I’m back on the “Steinbeck Trail.” The subject of … Continue reading

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Journal of a novel: Aug. 17, 2016. Conflict

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 March 16, Journal of a Novel entry, … Continue reading

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Journal of a novel: Aug. 16, 2016. Distractions

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 March 14 Journal of a Novel entry, … Continue reading

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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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