Hemingway on what harms a writer

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“Tell me first what are the things, the actual, concrete things that harm a writer?”

“Politics, women, drink, money, ambition. And the lack of politics, women, drink, money and ambition…”

Ernest Hemingway

ORDERS: None for this weekend. Go into harm’s way. Pleasure’s way. Be safe. Do nothing. As you like…

No, I changed my mind. RUN into harm’s way. Safe living makes for boring writing.

BUT,  NOW, I PONDER: This speaks to me, because I love and am distracted by woman, as much, more so, than by men. For a straight woman… what harms a writer? Politics, men, drink, money, ambition?

For a mother-writer… Children, men, housework, need to make money, fear of ambition?


About mjanecolette

Writer. Reader. Angster. Reformed Bohemian (not). Author of the erotic romance Tell Me, the erotic tragedy (with a happy ending) Consequences (of defensive adultery), and the rom-com (she's versatile) Cherry Pie Cure, as well as the non-fiction collection of essays Rough Draft Confessions: not a guide to writing and selling erotica and romance but full of inside inside anyway. Coming in 2018: Text Me, Cupid, a steamy romance in four episodes. Current WiPs: Queer Christmas in Cowtown, Jewel of the Not-So-Spectacular Boobs, All In the Cards, and Un-Valentine. Yes, working on four projects simultaneously is a spectacularly bad idea.

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