“WRITERS – when Hemingway was stuck, he didn’t put the kettle on. He tried to write, ‘one true line.’ It works. Write one true line.”
This advice came from an account called Adland this morning on Twitter, where there is only room for one true line – and a thin line at that.
I was struck by this advice, because…
…the truth is that Ernest Hemingway did not put the kettle on when his writing was stuck. He opened the bottle up, and got drunk, and eventually, killed himself by shooting his brains out.
Write one true line? Okay:
Writers who try to achieve success by emulating Ernest Hemingway are pathetic.