Saturday, March 5, 2011

Hemingway on writing...

It is the weekend, and I am working on my PhD prospectus for a meeting with my supervisor on Monday, so here is a little writing inspiration and advice for you and me from the ever wonderful Hemingway:

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"When I am working on a book or a story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write. You read what you have written and, as you always stop when you know what is going to happen next, you go on from there. You write until you come to a place where you still have your juice and know what will happen next and you stop and try to live through until the next day when you hit it again. You have started at six in the morning, say, and may go on until noon or be through before that. When you stop you are as empty, and at the same time never empty but filling, as when you have made love to someone you love. Nothing can hurt you, nothing can happen, nothing means anything until the next day when you do it again. It is the wait until the next day that is hard to get through."
 from Paris Review interview.  


  1. I love reading writers' writings on writing. This is so perfectly observed (as of course you would expect from Hemingway).

  2. This is just perfect, Fiona - I love it. Thank you for sharing this :) Kx

  3. Oops, sorry - so distracted by the quote... Good luck with your prospectus!! Kx

  4. Good luck!

    Mr. Hemingway never disappoints. I recently read 'On Writing' by Steven King. He offers similar advice - all the magic must happen at dawn!



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