Famous writers, writing: Steinbeck

The question I get asked most often, when meeting someone for the first time, is ‘where do you get your ideas from?’ I know my answer is disappointing. I don’t know where my ideas come from, I just get them, they fly into my head. I do stuff to help: I stimulate my imagination by reading, writing, I go to the theatre, to museums, I go for walks, I watch documentaries, I listen and observe. And I think. I agree with John Steinbeck [below].

John Steinbeck

[photo: Patricia Ann McNair]

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”

John Steinbeck


‘The Grapes of Wrath’ by John Steinbeck [UK: Penguin]

See these other famous people, reading & writing:-
John Updike
George Orwell
Iris Murdoch

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  1. Sandra, I love Steinbeck, so you had my interest immediately with this quote. It’s a good one – and so are your supporting remarks.

    I’d like to take a moment to thank you for the wonderful reviews you write of the books you’ve read. I always enjoy reading them.

    • Thanks Kate, I absolutely love reading books so I’m pleased that comes across. I know now that I read them as a writer, so I always learn new techniques for telling stories from each author I read. SD


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