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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Workshop Wednesday - Hemingway's Wisdom

“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.”  

“There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.”

“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”  

“If a writer stops observing he is finished. Experience is communicated by small details intimately observed.”  

“A writer should write what he has to say and not speak it.”

“If the reader prefers, this book may be regarded as fiction. But there is always the chance that such a book of fiction may throw some light on what has been written as fact.”  

“Good writing is good conversation, only more so.”

“The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof, shit detector.”  
Ernest Hemingway

Just a handful of my favorite Hemingway quotes about writing. The best writing advice allows for individuality; it encourages through simple truths that we as writers can use as building blocks for the more fantastical elements of our stories.

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