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I’ve finished what I had to do today, like shuffling snow to get my car out, driving and do the weekend shopping of groceries and buying more  seasoning wood. I don’t know why I always get surprised when I have to restock wood in the middle of the winter season, I don’t seem to accept that wintertime in my country equals very cold weather over a very long period of time. Anyway, it’s done, and the fizzling sounds from my fireplace create great background music for my tea break with her majesty the Queen.


This week my writing process has been a bit of a struggle. The most difficult for me, is to keep motivated, when I seem to lose my focus and dream. Sometimes I find it inspiring to read other peoples advice on writing, and today I thought I should share this list from one of the greatest there ever have been: Ernest Hemingway. His advices are numerous, they are elegant, they are simples, they are working, and I find them both motivating and inspiring.

Hemingway on writing:

#1 Start with the simplest things

#2 Boil it down

#3 Know what to leave out

#4 Write the tip of the ice-berg, leave the rest under the water

#5 Watch what happens today

#6 Write what you see

#7 Listen completely

#8 Write when there is something you know, and not before

#9 Look at words as if seeing them for the first time

#10 Use the most conventional punctuation you can

#11 Ditch the dictionary

#12 Distrust adjectives

#13 Learn to write a simple declarative sentence

#14 Tell a story in six words

#15 Write poetry into prose

#16 Read everything so you know what you need to beat

#17 Don’t try to beat Shakespeare

#18 Accept that writing is something you can never do as well as it can be done

#19 Go fishing in summer

#20 Don’t drink when you’re writing

#21 Finish what you start

#22 Don’t worry. You’ve written before and you will write again

#23 Forget posterity. Think only of writing truly

#24 Write as well as you can with no eye on the market

#25 Write clearly – and people will know if you are being true

#26 Just write the truest sentence that you know

#27 Remember that nobody really knows or understands the secret

If none of these works for you, I offer two more today:

The first one is borrowed from Hill + Pen, and got freshly pressed last week:

#1 Laugh until Life Makes Sense

#2 Take a break and a cup of tea, preferable with a member of the Norwegian Royal Family