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An Assemblage Of Reflections On The Nature Of Writing And The Writer From One The Greatest American Writers Of The 20th Century Throughout Hemingway S Career As A Writer, He Maintained That It Was Bad Luck To Talk About Writing That It Takes Off Whatever Butterflies Have On Their Wings And The Arrangement Of Hawk S Feathers If You Show It Or Talk About It Despite This Belief, By The End Of His Life He Had Done Just What He Intended Not To Do In His Novels And Stories, In Letters To Editors, Friends, Fellow Artists, And Critics, In Interviews And In Commissioned Articles On The Subject, Hemingway Wrote Often About Writing And He Wrote As Well And As Incisively About The Subject As Any Writer Who Ever Lived This Book Contains Hemingway S Reflections On The Nature Of The Writer And On Elements Of The Writer S Life, Including Specific And Helpful Advice To Writers On The Craft Of Writing, Work Habits, And Discipline The Hemingway Personality Comes Through In General Wisdom, Wit, Humor, And Insight, And In His Insistence On The Integrity Of The Writer And Of The Profession Itself From The Preface By Larry W Phillips A fine, streamlined collection of quotes. As other reviewers have commented, this is not a text book on creative writing Nor is it an analysis of Hemingway s style However, it does give you some insight into how the master approached the job craft Vocation of writing, what it means to make a living as a writer when you are dependent on opinions, the opinions of readers, critics, other writers What it means to get up every day thinking today I have to write.how many words Much of the material comes from Hemingway s letters to writers, such as F Scott Fitzgerald, and publishers, and what becomes clear is that although it s possible for writers to form some kind of fellowship with other writers, ultimately as a writer you are alone, with a blank sheet of paper and a legion of onlookers peering over your shoulder who desperately want you to succeed or fail Other material is taken from his non fiction, such as The Green Hills of Africa and Death in the Afternoon I only read the former a few weeks ago and I struggled to recognise the extracts, so it was useful to see them again in a new context.A couple of things struck me 1 Hemingway s thoughts on writers he considered great came as a bit of a surprise Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, et al though it s notable that there are no women in the list apart from a brief mention of Gertrude Stein Surprising because Hemingway doesn t write like any of them as far as I can see I suppose he developed a unique style by avoiding what they do as in long, complicated novels with multiple plots and perspectives and zillions of characters.2 He was really sensitive about people delving into his private life, although by the standards of the time, I don t think there s anything exceptional there compared to other male celebrities, such as film stars etc four wives, some heavy drinking and a passion for pastimes beyond the reach of ordinary mortals However, you begin to get a sense of that paranoia that eventually led him to believe the FBI were tailing him, for which he was prescribed electro convulsive therapy in the final months of his life It turned out he was right The FBI kept a file on him for twenty years.I ve read a lot of Hemingway, so there wasn t much here that surprised me However, I ve never read a decent biography, partly because I m anxious I might learn something I don t want to know I m already aware of the profound criticisms of his writing and his personality, much of which is probably fair, especially from a feminist perspective And, of course, in the 21st century all that bull fighting and big game hunting is now deeply problematic.I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand how and why Hemingway wrote and who believes that might help them in some way with their own writing If it inspires you to read some Hemingway or to find a good biography or analysis of his writing, then great You ll find that extremely rewarding. What if someone painstakingly went through the whole of Hemingway s oeuvre novels, interviews, articles, letters to find everything he ever said on the subject of writing, then sorted the extracts into 13 categories and bound them together in a little 140 page volume Wow, thanks Larry W Phillips this is pure gold Larry says As I brought them together something unusual happened Comments apparently made at random, at different times, often decades apart, and in different cities or countries, magically began to fit together like pieces of a puzzle Yes, absolutely, and Hemingway s writing creed is a very marvellous thing It has me looking back at my note on For whom the bell tolls in 2011, unsurprised to find I said Wow A huge book Up there with War Peace and Hamlet and a tense, gripping thriller into the bargain Consummate craft, unwavering sincerity, profound, moving themes Here s part of the last extract in On Writing , in the category The writer s life You must be prepared to work always without applause When you are excited about something is when the first draft is done But no one can see it until you have gone over it again and again until you have communicated the emotion, the sights and the sounds to the reader, and by the time you have completed this the words, sometimes, will not make sense to you as you read them, so many times have you re read them By the time the book comes out it is all behind you but you read it and you see all the places that now you can do nothing about Finally, in some other place, some other time, when you can t work and feel like hell you will pick up the book and look in it and start to read and go on and in a little while say why this stuff is bloody marvellous. Just in case you are wondering Hemingway never wrote a book on writing This is a really well thought out collection of quotes from his books and personal letters which I found really insightful.They don t say much to his method, but they speak very much to his motives and emotion on writing.My biggest takeaway was the feeling of solace as a writer, that even the great Hemingway himself felt at times a bit of a fraud, and not a very good writer.