For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can…

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…

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

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…

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…

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master…

When I have an idea, I turn down the flame, as if it were a little alcohol stove, as low as it will go. Then it explodes and that is my idea…

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

And now my favorite: Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up…

—Ernst Hemingway

Advertisements