Hemingway’s Advice – Part One

by klparry

Hello Friends!

I know it sometimes hard to take advice, especially when it has not been asked for. But what if it came from someone who really knew what they were talking about? Should not good advice not only be given, but revisited from time to time?

I believe so.

Over the next several Thursdays, I’ll be sharing advice on writing from one of the greats, Ernest Hemingway, when asked, how a writer could train himself. Today’s words are about watching, listening and paying close attention to what is going on around you.


Watch what happens today. If we get into (hook) a fish see exactly what it is that everyone does. If you get a kick out of it (emotionally stimulated) while he is jumping remember back until you see exactly what the action was that gave you the emotion. Whether it was the rising of the line from the water and the way it tightened like a fiddle string until drops started from it, or the way he smashed and threw water when he jumped. Remember what the noises were and what was said. Find what gave you the emotion; what the action was that gave you the excitement. Then write it down making it clear so the reader will see it too and have the same feeling that you had.

Until Monday, WRITE ON!

~ K. L. Parry