The “Writer’s” Job is Not to Judge, But to Seek to Understand – Earnest Hemingway

Posted: October 24, 2011 in Writing
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The contest I just entered taught me a few things. The statement: The “Writer’s” Job is Not to Judge, But to Seek to Understand by Earnest Hemingway, was on one of the blogs that commented on my work. It caused me to research a little about Hemingway. It is very motivational when you find out how much of a “normal” person someone like Hemingway was. He did not have some elaborate degree in writing, nor did he have a flawless personal life. Throughout his life he was married 4 times, sustained an injury by pulling what he thought was a toilet chain and committed suicide because of his mental status. However, he did do great things as well. He seemed to enjoy writing since high school and also served in WWI and received a medal after saving the life of another soldier. One of the lessons he learned about writing was to always be positive. This is something I also do as a result of my father.

The comments I received from the contest were all taken into consideration and I sought to understand each one. However, I will continue to follow Hemingway’s other statement as well:

My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way. – Ernest Hemingway

Learning the process of writing is coming to me the more I write and research successful authors, not necessarily the comments made on my work. I appreciate any and all comments since people were nice enough to take the time to look at my material, but I will only try to understand the reason for each and use it as a guide for further research. I find that the hard part for most is finding what to write about. I am quite the opposite. In the meantime, I will write all of my crazy stories in the best and simplest way I can.

Have a sci-fi day everyone! ~ TLH

  1. I beg to differ on your comment that Hemingway was in any way normal. He loved being in dangerous places, his children were not well, perhaps maybe even a gift of DNA. He drank heavily and was jealous of Fitzgerald’s “Gatsby” He was injured in a charted plane crash and I think he committed suicide more to escape the deterioration of his body than any mental illness.

    His wrirint was slanted, he took sides in his opinion. He did not like the weak and that may be why he killed himself – he had become one of those old damaged guys.

    But, he was skillful in is writing and worked hard at maintaining special voice.

    He was very different yet like I mentioned in my most recent post, writers have more in common than they realize.

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    Keep up the good work and ill keep visiting your blog 🙂

    -Chris Styles

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