Some have said that the ability to write well is a gift, bestowed innately. Others claim skilled wordsmithing comes with solid training and years of practice. Maybe both camps are correct.
Genuine good writing is worth it, either way. Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), the legendary American novelist and short story writer, suggested this might be a secret worth keeping:
“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.”
Hemingway’s best known works include several literature classics that appear perennially on English class syllabi and required reading lists. Such titles include A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Old Man and the Sea, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, and The Sun Also Rises.
Here’s another Hemingway quote worth its salt for writers:
“There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.”
Raise your hands, writers, if you’ve been in both situations. (Oh, yes.)
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