Hemingway – advice for a writer

While reading Hemingway, again, I stumbled upon the following quote and couldn’t resist sharing it. Though Hemingway was addressing writing and writers I believe it applies to all creative endeavours. 

 

“In going where you have to go, and doing what you have to do, and seeing what you have to see, you dull and bend the instrument you write with. But I would rather have it bent and dulled and know I had to put it on the grindstone and hammer it into shape and put a whetstone to it, and know that I had something to write about, than to have it bright and shining and nothing to say, or smooth and well-oiled in the closet, but unused.”                                      

– Ernest Hemingway, from his Preface – The First Forty-Nine Stories

Bisous,

Léa

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About Léa

A wanderer who has found home in the South of France.
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2 Responses to Hemingway – advice for a writer

  1. Oh how I love this one Lea, it could be said for most things. I have looked back at some of my art and thought yuck! But at least I had a go.

  2. Léa says:

    Loud and clear Kath! I hear you loud and clear.

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