John Steinbeck on the Magic in Story Writing

“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.”–John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck (November 1939)

Daily Diversion #275: Urban Toad

Urban Toad

Urban Toad

“I remember my childhood names for grasses and secret flowers. I remember where a toad may live and what time the birds awaken in the summer–and what trees and seasons smelled like–how people looked and walked and smelled even. The memory of odors is very rich.”-John Steinbeck, East of Eden

John Steinbeck Quote


“Consequently I have never even wondered about the comparative standing of writers. I don’t understand that. Writing to me is a deeply personal, even a secret function and when the product is turned loose it is cut off from me and I have no sense of its being mine. Consequently criticism doesn’t mean anything to me. As a disciplinary matter, it is too late.”-John Steinbeck (Paris Review-The Art of Fiction No. 45)

John Steinbeck, The Art of Fiction No. 45 [The Paris Review]