As I finish up Shadows and Stars, my sci-fi/adventure/horror novel/work in progress, the wisdom of Steinbeck’s advice becomes increasingly powerful. I have been going through the exact same processes he describes here. Hearing these again for the umpteenth time (I am seen them before in various magazine articles and videos) but with having the experience of finishing a novel, the truth of these has hit me harder than ever before. Before, they were one of those things that you and say, “wow, that makes sense”. But having lived these now, the wisdom of these hits me like a hammer. Take them to heart. They will help in your writing adventure.