By Larry W. Phillips
An assemblage of reflections at the nature of writing and the author from one the best American writers of the 20th century.
Throughout Hemingway’s profession as a author, he maintained that it was once undesirable success to discuss writing—that it takes to the air “whatever butterflies have on their wings and the association of hawk’s feathers if you happen to exhibit it or discuss it.”
Despite this trust, via the tip of his lifestyles he had performed simply what he meant to not do. In his novels and tales, in letters to editors, buddies, fellow artists, and critics, in interviews and in commissioned articles at the topic, Hemingway wrote usually approximately writing. And he wrote in addition and as incisively in regards to the topic as any author who ever lived…
This booklet comprises Hemingway’s reflections at the nature of the author and on parts of the writer’s lifestyles, together with particular and worthwhile recommendation to writers at the craft of writing, paintings behavior, and self-discipline. The Hemingway character comes via typically knowledge, wit, humor, and perception, and in his insistence at the integrity of the author and of the occupation itself.
—From the Preface via Larry W. Phillips
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He never understood that it was just writing as well as you can and finishing what you start. to Arthur Mizener, 1950 Selected Letters, p. 695 You just have to go on when it is worst and most helpless—there is only one thing to do with a novel and that is go straight on through to the end of the damn thing. to F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1929 Selected Letters, p. 306 Would like to finish this [A Farewell to Arms] down here if possible, put it away for a couple or three months and then re-write it. The re-writing doesn’t take more than six weeks or two months once it is done.
Fenton, 1952 Selected Letters, p. 764 Remember Charlie in the first war all I did mostly was hear guys talk; especially in hospital and convalescing. Their experiences get to be more vivid than your own. You invent from your own and from all of theirs. The country you know, also the weather. Then you have a map 1/50,000 for the whole front or sector; 1/5000 if you can get one for close. Then you invent from other people’s experience and knowledge and what you know yourself. Then some son of a bitch will come along and prove you were not at that particular fight.
Scott Fitzgerald, 1929 Selected Letters, p. 306 …sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going, I would sit in front of the fire and squeeze the peel of the little oranges into the edge of the flame and watch the sputter of blue that they made. I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, “Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. ” So finally I would write one true sentence, and then go on from there.
Ernest Hemingway on Writing by Larry W. Phillips