Steinbeck and his sons

Photo: Courtesy of The Steinbeck House / Valley Guild
 

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How Steinbeck Got His Writing Time
He'd invent strange things for us to do. Send us off on adventures like Holy Grails to get rid of us so he could write during the day. He would create this problem and he'd give it to us—write out a map and say, 'Go down there and you'll find this.' He didn't know what we were going to find. But we thought it was all real. So he'd get rid of us by sending us off on adventures. But he always quit writing around 1:30, 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon and would donate the rest of the day to us because he wrote from 5:00a.m. 'til 2:00p.m. And that was pretty much it for his day. He knew that he couldn't write when he was tired so he would get off and come out and play with us and take us on adventures.
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