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), the award-winning rom-com (she's versatile) CHERRY PIE CURE, and TEXT ME, CUPID--a (slightly dirty) love story for 21st century adults who don't believe in love... but want it anyway. A sought-after speaker and presenter, Colette is also the author of the Dirty Writing Secrets Series, which includes 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, 101 FLIRTY WRITING PROMPTS TO SEDUCE YOUR MUSE, and ORGANIZED CREATIVE. She's also the curator of the fab YYC Queer Writers anthologies Queer Christmas in Cowtown, Screw Chocolate, and A Queer Summer Night's in Cowtown. Releasing Spring 2020: CUPID IN MONTE CARLO.

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