The Journal: Steinbeck

In today’s Journal

* Quotes of the Day
* Today’s post again
* Steinbeck
* Of Interest

Quotes of the Day

“Ah, the prayers of the millions, how they must fight and destroy each other on their way to the throne of God.” John Steinbeck in Tortilla Flat

“It is astounding to find that the belly of every black and evil thing is as white as snow. And it is saddening to discover how the concealed parts of angels are leprous.” John Steinbeck in Tortilla Flat

Today’s post again is mostly to pass along the first item in “Of Interest.” For $5 you can get a ton of stretch rewards if they interest you. Check it out.


If you haven’t read John Steinbeck’s shorter novels (but none of them are very long), I recommend them, as much for style as for any other reason.

Cannery Row, like Of Mice and Men, is an excellent and very well-written, well-said story, but so are Tortilla Flat and his other works.

In Cannery Row and in Tortilla Flat, I found myself thinking of Hemingway and the sparity of his writing style, which apparently Steinbeck shared.

Talk with you again soon.

Of Interest

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Disclaimer: In this blog, I provide advice on writing fiction. I advocate a technique called Writing Into the Dark. To be crystal clear, WITD is not “the only way” to write, nor will I ever say it is. However, as I am the only writer who advocates WITD both publicly and regularly, I will continue to do so, among myriad other topics.