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An Afternoon with Hemingway

In 1964 Edward Stafford wrote about the unforgettable afternoon that he spent with Ernest Hemingway. Here are some quotes from Hemingway, from the article written by Stafford:

The hardest trade in the world is the writing of straight, honest prose about human beings.

The important thing is to work everyday. I work from about seven until about noon. Then I go fishing or swimming – whatever I want.

The best way is always to stop when you’re going good. If  you do that, you’ll never be stuck. And don’t worry about it until you start to write again the next day.  That way your subconscious will be working on it all the time. But if you worry about it, your brain will get tired even before you start to write again the next day.

But work everyday.  No matter what happened the day or night before, get up and bite on the nail.

Watch people, observe, try to put yourself in somebody else’s head.  If two men argue, don’t just think about who is right and who is wrong.  Think what both their sides are. 

As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.

…never talk about a story you are working on. If you tell it, you never write it. You spoil the freshness, you mouth it up and get rid of it in the telling instead of the writing. Writers should work alone, then talk. 






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