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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.

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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

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