Getting the words right
Interviewer: How much rewriting do you do?
Ernest Hemingway: I rewrote the ending of "Farewell to Arms", the last page of it, thirty-nine times before I was satisfied.
Interviewer: Was there some technical problem there? What was it that stumped you?
Ernest Hemingway: Getting the words right.
All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.– F. Scott Fitzgerald (via nightswimming)
Write hard and clear about what hurts.– Ernest Hemingway (via measart)