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Recently I read Eighteen Quotes for Writers from Ernest Hemingway which appeared in Writer’s Digest, (if you’d like to read in its entirety, you can it find here.) Hemingway was a gifted man who said a lot of notable things. Because I'm aware that doing enough research can be my own bugaboo, this one spoke to me:
If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water.
And somehow, it’s comforting to know that even someone with Hemingway's skill and talent struggled to ferret out the right words:
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.
But the one that really got to me was this:
All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.
When we sit down to work on our craft, sometimes it comes out in dribbles, letter by letter, word by word. Other times it comes out like big galumphing horses, pages at a time. But if, in the revising process, we held ourselves to this standard, to make sure every sentence speaks true, wouldn’t that result in some mighty fine writing?
What is your favorite writing quote?