Why do we think good old Hemingway instructed us to write in such a way? I think it’s because we edit. We edit our own thoughts, we edit our own ideas, we edit our words to conform with what we think society, or our readership, or a publisher would want. Which, in my opinion, is the perfect way to write a piece that may be good, but has very little potential to have a genuine impact.
Write drunk because when drunk, you don’t censor yourself. Your inhibitions fall away (as most of us can prove with one or two humiliating anecdotes) and your words are usually in greater alignment with what you really mean.
Edit sober however, so that what you publish is actual English…
According to Midnight in Paris‘s interpretation of Ernest Hemingway:
“No subject is terrible if the story is true, if the prose is clean and honest, and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure.”
How many does it take before you find your Prince?
If we chase our dreams long enough, they get tired of running.
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