The good folks at Grist literary journal invited me to write an essay for their blog. In light of becoming a debut author this month, I chose to respond to the famous quote from John Steinbeck about just why it takes so darn long, sometimes, to become a writer worth reading: “It seemed unfair. I could read a fine story and could even know how it was done. Why could I not then do it myself? Well, I couldn’t, and maybe it’s because no two stories dare be alike. Over the years I have written a great many stories and I still don’t know how to go about it except to write it and take my chances.” Steinbeck wrote this in a letter to a writer seeking his advice, circa 1963.

You can read my take on the subject here: