Hemingway on what makes a writer – Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes

I’m a voracious reader, have since since I first learned my A, B. C…and over the years my tastes have naturally changed. I write spiritual fiction, and so, when I need a light break, I will pick up any decent book I can find around and dive into it. However I find that even the well-crafted books I read don’t stay with me unless they trigger deeper thoughts and feelings within my heart.

Today writers are urged to produce, produce, produce…I have never followed the mainstream, and don’t care a damn about this dictum at all. I write what I love and I take as much time as I need to finish a manuscript – Whip of the Wild God took me 20 years to complete (7 major revisions and much lag time in-between); Krishna’s Counsel which will be published this year will have taken me 8 years or more, and Copper Moon, my third novel, was begun in 2000 in the foothills of the Himalayas…just saying!



All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse, and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.
Ernest Hemingway

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2 thoughts on “Hemingway on what makes a writer – Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes

  1. And in not following convention you are following your heart. That is the very root of meaningful writing which stays the course of time. Write-on, Mira!

    • Yes. A lot of writers who did their own thing never “made it” – but within themselves, they are doing what is right, and that’s what matters. Love to you, Dave!

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