Thank You Ernest Hemingway

Short Story Scribe

Each time I am writing a story, I read the following, and strive to do all except numbers 3 & 6 (which I will discuss in an upcoming post). This particular list comes from open culture.

In a writing phase, I read these every morning, every night, and of course, each time before I sit to write or edit. I actually have it set as my homepage, so whenever I open the browser, there it is.

1: To get started, write one true sentence.

Hemingway had a simple trick for overcoming writer’s block. In a memorable passage in A Moveable Feast, he writes:

Sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going, I would sit in front of the fire and squeeze the peel of the little oranges into the edge of the flame and watch the sputter of blue that they made…

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