There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
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In all seriousness, great quote.
If it’s a papercut, that’s the worst kind of pain
Wow, I’ve never heard that one, but man is it true! I love this!
I have a friend who had to get counseling because writing was causing depression, it’s definitely not for the faint of heart.
Oh, ouch. That’s tough to hear about your friend. Hope she’s doing better.
As per the latest U.S. emergency room statistics, this particular quote by Hemingway still causes the highest number of self-inflicted cut injuries of aspiring blonde writers. On the upside, it keeps typewriter manufacturers from going out of business entirely.
I’m going out to purchase another typewriter today because my old one is all tainted.
Great quote. There’s a page on FB, I think it’s called, “writing to freedom,” that posts several great writing quotes every day. I often share them on my FB page.
What’s a typewriter?
I’ve heard of them. I think they played 8 tracks.
Yes, Matt! It’s all coming back to me now. I’m going to make a Mimeograph of this post, lest I forget.
Indeed. You can telegraph a description of it to me.
Can someone fax me a copy of this?
Oh, wait…hold on, why do we still have the fax machine?
His typewriter must have had sharp keys.
That being said, it’s so true. I asked a friend of mine what made a post get 10 comments vs. what made it get 40-50. He said the ones that got the most were the ones I got the most naked. Not the ones I pretended to have it all together.
I think sometimes non-writers think it’s difficult–and they’re right, but not in the way they think. For me, it’s not the mechanics or usually even the ideas. It’s the vulnerability and risk.
Randy— Oh man! You hit the nail on the head. It’s no doubt difficult to have BIC (But In Chair) time as a writer, but it pails in comparison to being honest with yourself and your audience.
Sounds like sermon prep.
You just can’t beat Hemingway. And it was true in his case. I wish more writers would “bleed” while they write. I feel many writers are checking their email constantly for notice that their advance was approved before they write.
Don’t tell F. Scott Fitzgerald! :)
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