Since I spent the last day of 2017 touring the old stomping grounds of John Steinbeck, one of America’s best known novelists, I thought there was no better way to start the New Year than sharing advice from the Pulitzer-prize winning author.
If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another. The formula seems to lie solely in the aching urge of the writer to convey something he feels important to the reader.
If the writer has that urge, he may sometimes, but by no means always, find the way to do it. You must perceive the excellence that makes a good story good or the errors that make a bad story. For a bad story is only an ineffective story.