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Ernest Hemingway Quotes That Will Enhance Your Writing Skills

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When it comes to developing your writing skills, it is important that you learn from the greats. A splendid example of a great writer is Ernest Hemingway. The renowned novelist is known for his straightforward prose.

His writing may not be flowery; however, it hits hard. If you want to make your prose as efficient and your writing sessions as fruitful as his, you should learn from him.

While he could no longer impart his wisdom personally, he still left some great quotes that capture his approach to writing.

1. If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one-ninth of it being above water.

2. Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.

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

4. A serious writer is not to be confounded with a solemn writer. A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl.

5. My training was never to drink after dinner nor before I wrote nor while I was writing.

6. After writing a story I was always empty and both sad and happy, as though I had made love, and I was sure this was a very good story although I would not know truly how good until I read it over the next day.

7. All stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.

8. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.

9. 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.

10. Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now.

11. It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.

12. That is what we are supposed to do when we are at our best — make it all up — but make it up so truly that later it will happen that way.

13. My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.

14. I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.

15. In truly good writing no matter how many times you read it you do not know how it is done. That is because there is a mystery in all great writing and that mystery does not dis-sect out. It continues and it is always valid. Each time you re-read you see or learn something new.

16. I still need some more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently.

17. The more I’m let alone and not worried the better I can function.

18. Don’t let yourself slip and get any perfect characters… keep them people, people, people, and don’t let them get to be symbols.

19. Good writing is true writing. If a man is making a story up it will be true in proportion to the amount of knowledge of life that he has and how conscientious he is; so that when he makes something up it is as it would truly be.

If you want to become a truly great writer, it is advisable to learn from the great Ernest Hemingway. He was renowned for his efficient and striking wordplay. With these quotes, you’ll know his approach to the writing process and ultimately improve your writing skills.

After reading the words of the great Ernest Hemingway, you may want to self-publish a book of your own. Writers Republic is more than willing to help you with that!

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