Tag Archives: Ernest Hemingway

Literary Lairs

Writers tend to be a wandering bunch of souls — we often seem to find inspiration and relaxation in places that have drinks instead of desks, cocktail hours instead of club chairs. My friend and fellow scribe Wendy and I … Continue reading

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No Absolutes

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” W. Somerset Maugham Quick questions: Did James Joyce like to write at night or in the morning? How about Hemingway? Did Marcel Proust prefer tea … Continue reading

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Conjuring Color

“The artist, having chosen his theme, picks out only those details that are characteristic and of value for his subject…and he rejects all the remainder…” Guy de Maupassant “Reaching readers, drawing them into a world you create on a page … Continue reading

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Rewriting Rag

“Revision” is like “wrestling with a demon,” from which “there is no escape, for almost anyone can write; only writers know how to rewrite. It is this ability alone that turns the amateur into a professional.” William C. Knott, The … Continue reading

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30 Minutes

Here’s an idea for improving our writing craft that’s worth considering: Spend from 30 minutes to an hour a day reading one of the “greats” — authors whose writing you truly admire and whose works have stood the test of … Continue reading

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Getting Physical

“Writing gives me great feelings of pleasure. There’s a marvelous sense of mastery that comes with writing a sentence that sounds exactly as you want it to. It’s like trying to write a song, making tiny tweaks, reading it out … Continue reading

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Writer’s Problem

“A writer’s problem does not change. He himself changes and the world he lives in changes but his problem remains the same. It is always how to write truly, and having found what is true, to project it in such … Continue reading

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Getting Better

“When you work as hard as I do, having confidence is no problem.” Jordan Burroughs I love this comment! Jordan won an Gold medal in wrestling at the London Olympics, so he surely knows a thing or two about hard … Continue reading

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Happy Writers

“All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world.” EB White “I think of myself as an enormously lucky person. I get to tell stories for a living.” … Continue reading

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Science Experiments

Having just sent off an oddball short story of mine to my writing group, I started thinking about the pros and cons of playing around with different sorts of writing. There seem to be two schools of thought on this: … Continue reading

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