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23 May 2012 @ 07:42 pm
Steinbeck  
In March of 1962, acclaimed author John Steinbeck wrote the following letter to Edith Mirrielees — a lady who, as his professor of creative writing at Stanford 40 years previous, had been an enormous influence on his development as a writer and, he later claimed, one of the few things he respected about the university.

Click the link above to read the fabulous letter from Steinbeck to his mentor. Here are two quotes I found especially poignant:

"The basic rule you gave us was simple and heartbreaking. A story to be effective had to convey something from writer to reader and the power of its offering was the measure of its excellence."
- Steinbeck

“The formula [of short story writing] seems to lie solely in the aching urge of the writer to convey something he feels important to the reader."
- Steinbeck
 
 
 
mesohungry: pic#120169799mesohungry on March 2nd, 2013 11:45 am (UTC)

“The formula [of short story writing] seems to lie solely in the aching urge of the writer to convey something he feels important to the reader."
I love this quote.