How to Be a Writer: Hemingwayâ€™s Advice to Aspiring Authors | Brain Pickings
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Hemingway on WritingÂ is a treasure trove of Papaâ€™s wisdom from cover to cover. Complement it with more notable advice on writing, spanning from the practical to the philosophical, includingÂ Elmore Leonardâ€™sÂ 10 rules of writing,Walter Benjaminâ€™sÂ thirteen doctrines,Â H. P. Lovecraftâ€™sÂ advice to aspiring writers,Â F. Scott Fitzgeraldâ€™sÂ letter to his daughter,Â Zadie Smithâ€™sÂ 10 rules of writing,Â David Ogilvyâ€™sÂ 10 no-bullshit tips,Â Henry Millerâ€™sÂ 11 commandments,Â Jack Kerouacâ€™sÂ 30 beliefs and techniques,Â John Steinbeckâ€™sÂ 6 pointers, andÂ Susan Sontagâ€™sÂ synthesized learnings.
It's all about listening.
ListenÂ now. When people talk listen completely. Donâ€™t be thinking what youâ€™re going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe. You should be able to go into a room and when you come out know everything that you saw there and not only that. If that room gave you any feeling you should know exactly what it was that gave you that feeling. Try that for practice. When youâ€™re in town stand outside the theatre and see how the people differ in the way they get out of taxis or motor cars. There are a thousand ways to practice. And always think of other people.
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