John Steinbeck wrote at length about whether or not there was some kind of “magic formula” for writing. He strove to discover a process for creating great stories, but always came up short. Even when looking at the work of others and recognizing what made it great, he couldn’t recreate it. He said, “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.”
Have you found a magic formula as a writer?