Literary Birthday - 21 July
Happy Birthday, Ernest Hemingway, born 21 July 1899, died 2 July 1961
10 Ernest Hemingway Quotes
- The world breaks everyone … those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.
- One cat just leads to another.
- We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
- My attitude toward punctuation is that it ought to be as conventional as possible. The game of golf would lose a good deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green. You ought to be able to show that you can do it a good deal better than anyone else with the regular tools before you have a license to bring in your own improvements.
- You know what makes a good loser? Practice.
- Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure only death can stop it.
- You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.
- It is awfully easy to be hard-boiled about everything in the daytime, but at night it is another thing.
- Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
- All stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.
28 Writing Tips
'There is nothing to writing,' he wrote. 'All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.'
Here are 27 other gems from Hemingway on writing:
- Start with the simplest things
- Boil it down
- Know what to leave out
- Write the tip of the ice-berg, leave the rest under the water
- Watch what happens today
- Write what you see
- Listen completely
- Write when there is something you know, and not before
- Look at words as if seeing them for the first time
- Use the most conventional punctuation you can
- Ditch the dictionary
- Distrust adjectives
- Learn to write a simple declarative sentence
- Tell a story in six words
- Write poetry into prose
- Read everything so you know what you need to beat
- Don’t try to beat Shakespeare
- Accept that writing is something you can never do as well as it can be done
- Go fishing in summer
- Don’t drink when you’re writing
- Finish what you start
- Don’t worry. You’ve written before and you will write again
- Forget posterity. Think only of writing truly
- Write as well as you can with no eye on the market
- Write clearly – and people will know if you are being true
- Just write the truest sentence that you know
- Remember that nobody really knows or understands the secret
The 27 tips, suggestions, ideas and writing advice are from Ernest Hemingway On Writing, a selection of material from Hemingway articles, interviews, letters and books. These were compiled by Joanna Paterson from the article: Confident Writing
Hemingway was an American author and journalist. His economical style strongly influenced 20th-century fiction. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works, including The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Old Man and the Sea.
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