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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A TO Z _ There can be only ONE

"Don’t ever imitate anybody. 
All style is,
is the awkwardness of a writer 
in stating a fact.
 If you have a way of your own, 
you are fortunate, 
but if you try to write 
like somebody else, 
you’ll have the awkwardness 
of the other writer
 as well as your own." 
- Ernest Hemingway

Ghost of Hemingway here again.

If you want to succeed as a writer, you must be original.

You can only be a second-rate copy, 

but you can develop into a first-rate you 

if you persist in crafting your own style.

But you must persist. 

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man.

True nobility lies in being superior 
to your former self.

Be succinct. 

 Big emotions are not created by big words.

Write the very best you can at the moment.  

If you do not, you will destroy what talent you have.

If you find yourself dissatisfied with what you have written, fix it if you can.

But train yourself not to worry.  Worry never fixed anything.

Still reading?  

Start writing!


  1. Back in the early 1980s, I very briefly tried writing some poetry in the style of Jim Morrison. Worst crap I ever wrote!

  2. His saying is spot on! I can look like a dork all by myself and without help.