This Wednesday, our prompt, takes a little twist as we focus on one of my favourite authors, Ernest Hemingway.
Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collections and two non-fiction works. Three novels, four collections of short stories and three non-fiction works were published posthumously. Many of these are considered classics of American literature. ~ From Goodreads
What a colourful character he was – a journalist, a soldier, a prize fighter, an adventurer, a lover….. He sought to experience life in all its colours – travelling to new lands, and experiencing various kinds of lifestyles. Perhaps that’s what gave his writing so much depth. Hemingway had a favorite expression: il faut (d’abord) durer. This French saying translates to ‘first one must endure’. And endure he did through his words that continue to captivate and challenge us to be better writers.
Here’s a piece of advice he gave writers that always inspires me:
“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”
— Ernest Hemingway
Today, take your pick of one or all of these quotes from Hemingway and weave it/them into a story, a piece of non-fiction, a poem even.
“There’s no one thing that’s true. It’s all true.” (For Whom the Bell Tolls)
“Never to go on trips with anyone you do not love.” (A Moveable Feast)
“You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.” (The Sun Also Rises)
“When you love you wish to do things for. You wish to sacrifice for. You wish to serve.” (A Farewell to Arms)
“When you start to live outside yourself, it’s all dangerous.” (The Garden of Eden)
- 10 Things you Probably didn’t know about Ernest Hemingway (like he was a KGB Spy) (messynessychic.com)
- Ernest Hemingway’s Advice To a Young Writer: ‘You have to catch hell’ (mediabistro.com)