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Type Up What You've Got

John Steinbeck wrote all of his books by hand. In particular, he wrote The Grapes of Wrath in its entirety on yellow legal pads, scribbling in a nearly indecipherable and quite small scratch. It was his wife, Carol, who loyally typed up his first draft, and she is known to have done the work of cleaning and polishing as she went, improving the language and writing. It's crucial to have that second layer of writing to improve our rough thoughts and scribblings, and while someone else might do it, you can easily do it yourself. (Read more »)

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