Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The best writing advice I've ever heard

My supervisor read this in a new book on writing. 
Some literary luminary (he reckoned Hemingway) gave this as a reply when asked about his writing method:

"I write a sentence. Then I write another sentence."

Yes.

8 comments:

  1. Yes, my friend, that is Hemingway. From 'A Moveable Feast' which I HIGHLY recommend that you read. You will LOVE it.

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  2. I've been meaning to read it! I have three books ont he go at the moment (Bob Dylan's Chronicles; Murakami's Norwegian Wood (you'll be please with that); and Foer's 'Everything is Illuminated'.' Sometimes I think I should have done a literature PhD instead to justify the amount of fiction I cram into my life!

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  3. *on the; *pleased. Note to self: don't write comments after two glasses of red wine. Just don't.

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  4. Haha excellent! I also highly recommend Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by J.S. Foer and then The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Murakami (definitely his best work)... Oh and The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway.

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  5. I've read 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close'- loved it. I think the protagonist was mildly autistic and I told the book group I had read it with and we all got in a big fight- ur... DEBATE- about it. Back me up here? Those other two I will add to my ever-increasing list! Thanks and no thanks to you!

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  6. Well... he certainly isn't a "normal" child. Maybe he is autistic, maybe he is suffering incredibly from the loss of his father. I feel that your hypothesis is plausible and nothing to "debate" wildly about.

    Jolly good! I do enjoy giving recommendations to people who receive them. Unlike many of my customers at work... "Uhhh... okay... do you have anything else? Something light? Read any good chick lit lately?"

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  7. " I guess I'm looking for a cross between 'Eat, Pray, Love' and 'The Carrie Diaries', but more girly. What would you recommend?"

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