Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Learning from Hemmingway

Chesapeake City Bridge
Everyday I look for new ways to improve my writing skills. Improve my grammar. Increase my vocabulary. Read new material. But this morning, I read, Ernest Hemingway’s Top 5 Tips for Writing Well, by Brian Clark. Although he is known for having just four tips, his fifth bit of advice was, “I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit,” Hemingway confided to F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1934. “I try to put the shit in the wastebasket.”
Thankfully, I can just hit the backspace button or the delete button repeatedly instead of wasting paper. It just goes to show you that one of the most talented writers considered even his own words to be, and I quote, "shit," most of the time.