I am not John Steinbeck

June 14, 2017

 

To quote John Steinbeck, "The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true". I enjoy telling a story that adds something to the conversation. In writing, I enjoy writing about things that I know. However, to know things requires paying attention to one's surroundings and reading. Just as listening is the basis of good conversation, reading is the basis of good writing. Let me rephrase that. Understanding what one reads and being able to dissect it, reassemble it then tell a story about it makes good writing. One should be able to tell the story in ways that make the reader enjoy the writing. My favorite writer, John Steinbeck, was a master story teller. He painted pictures with his words. He was able to write about ordinary things that placed the reader inside the story as an observer. Talk show host, Jim Rome, says one should "Have a take and don't suck". I take this to mean, have something relevent to say and in such a way so as to convey the meaning. John Steinbeck certainly had something to say and in no way does his writing suck. I enjoy this type of writing because it makes the mundane seem important. If it makes things seem more important to you, the reader, then I have accomplished what I wanted. I plan to read more and write more. All feedback, good or bad will be equally welcomed. 

 

When closing his acceptance speech for winning the Nobel Prize for literature, He said: "In the end is the Word, and the Word is Man - and the Word is with Men". In todays world, however, the Word is us and the the word is with us.

 

To quote John Steinbeck The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.

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