Daily Writing Quote:

Posted: December 18, 2013 in Quotes
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“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. Outside of that, you said, there were no rules. A
story could be about anything and could use any means and any
technique at all–so long as it was effective. As a subhead to
this rule, you maintained that it seemed to be necessary for
the writer to know what he wanted to say, in short, what he was
talking about. As an exercise we were to try reducing the meat
of a story to one sentence, for only then could we know it well
enough to enlarge it to three or six or ten thousand words.”

-John Steinbeck