When Ernest Hemingway Nearly Gave Up on Writing

Keep writing and creating even on the dark days

The Disaster that Nearly Destroyed Hemingway’s Career

“She had cried and cried and could not tell me. I told her that no matter what the dreadful thing was that had happened nothing could be that bad, and whatever it was, it was all right and not to worry.

We would work it out.

Then, finally, she told me. I was sure she could not have brought the carbons too and I hired someone to cover for me on my newspaper job.

I was making good money then at journalism, and took the train for Paris.

It was true all right and I remember what I did in the night after I let myself into the flat and found it was true.”

“It was a bad time, and I did not think I could write any more then.”

The Conversation That Motivated Hemingway to Keep Writing

“…as a curiosity, as you might show, stupidly, the binnacle of a ship you had lost in some incredible way, or as you might pick up your booted foot and make some joke about it if it had been amputated after a crash.”

“He was hurt far more than I was…so I told O’Brien not to feel so bad. It was probably good for me to lose early work and I told him all that stuff you feed the troops.

I was going to start writing stories again I said and, as I said it, only trying to lie so that he would not feel so bad, I knew that it was true.”

“All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was.

If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.”

A Writing Resolution for 2019

“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.”

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