Thursday, November 14, 2013

Humor, Inspiration and Camaraderie with Hemingway

What's not to love...tight, sparse, wise writing--one of America's best--Ernest Hemingway.

Here's some Ernest Hemingway inspired Humor:

A visitor to a certain college paused to admire the new Hemingway Hall that had been built on campus.
"It's a pleasure to see a building named for Ernest Hemingway," he said.
"Actually," said his guide, "it's named for Joshua Hemingway. No relation."
The visitor was astonished. "Was Joshua Hemingway a writer, also?"
"Yes, indeed," said his guide. "He wrote a check."
Images of Key West--a place Hemingway called home

Can't forget Key Lime Pie

Hemingway Shares a word or two on the joys of writing:

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at the typewriter and bleed.” Ernest Hemingway

“There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.” Ernest Hemingway

“Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.”
Ernest Hemingway

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” Ernest Hemingway


I’ve mentioned on this blog before about my favorite movie (the main character, played by Owen Wilson, is a writer) Midnight in Paris.  Owen Wilson, gets to shmooze with Hemingway.  A must-see.

And while researching Hemingway quotes I found this gem. Not on writing, but still genius.

“Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.” Ernest Hemingway

As always feel free to comment, or share your favorite Hemingway book.


  1. I love the "sit down at the typewriter and bleed" quote. I've heard it before, but never knew the originator until now. Thank you!

  2. Thanks for stopping by Carlene. That's my favorite quote too! I can so relate. Sometimes, it feels like my brain's bleeding. LOL

  3. Love your blog! You make me think.
    My favorite story about Hemingway: He and a friend are discussing writing short stories, and Hemiingway says he can write a short story in 6 words. The person challenges.
    And Hemingway writes... BABY SHOES FOR SALE. NEVER WORN.
    Proof that less is AWESOME.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sandy. Love the baby shoes story too! I included it my blog on writing flash fiction. He is a master.

  4. Love "Midnight in Paris" too. Became disenchanted with EH in college when I thought he was sexist. Am re-evaluating that position now. As a romance writer, I've learned a lot about alpha males from him.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Bonnie. I agree. I try, but don't always succeed, at keeping the writer's private life and story out of my mind when reading their work. To just appreciate the art and not necessarily the artist.