A Commonplace

What is a commonplace?

IndexNextPrevious

7/10/2017

Hemingway on First Drafts

Don't get discouraged because there's a lot of mechanical work to writing. There is, and you can't get out of it. I rewrote the first part of A Farewell to Arms at least fifty times. You've got to work it over. The first draft of anything is shit. When you first start to write you get all the kick and the reader gets none, but after you learn to work it's your object to convey everything to the reader so that he remembers it not as a story he had read but something that happened to himself.

(Attributed to Ernest Hemmingway - From With Hemingway: A Year in Key West and Cuba by Arnold Samuelson)