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 (Harper Collins, 2015), the erotic tragedy (with a happy ending) Consequences (of defensive adultery) (coming May 2 2017), and the rom-com (she's versatile) Cherry Pie Cure (releasing June 15, 2017), 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 (GENRES were made to be BROKEN, 2017). Closet poet. Currently torturing novels four, five, and six simultaneously. Which is not a good idea.

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