Quotes on Writing: Ernest Hemingway “Learn to Write”

Ernest Hemingway learn to write“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.” – Ernest Hemingway

Learning to Write

Nobody’s born knowing how to write; we all have to learn how to do it. Yet the myth persists that people who write well (or do anything well) are endowed with special talent. They are the chosen ones.

This idea that ability or success relies entirely on talent is silly. Talent is helpful, sure. But the best and most successful authors study, practice, and learn. They develop good habits and commit to the craft. They work hard. It’s as simple as that.

We tend to look at successful people and believe they made it overnight, and that’s not limited to how we see authors. We see wildly successful people enjoying the fruits of their labor but what we don’t see is the labor itself–the struggles and the many failures they endured to get to where they are now.

What struggles and failures have you encountered on your writing journey? Have ever given up or almost given up? What made you stay the coarse?

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Melissa Donovan is a website designer and copywriter. She writes fiction and poetry and is the founder and editor of Writing Forward, a blog packed with creative writing tips and ideas.


8 Responses to “Quotes on Writing: Ernest Hemingway “Learn to Write””

  1. Michelle mcCartney says:

    I just love to see my name in print

  2. Love this post! The people who publish are the writers who have spent HOURS at the keyboard. The people who’ve put their heart and soul into their writing. The people who’ve studied and practiced their craft.
    Writing a novel is a piece of cake. Writing a novel that works is insanely hard, but totally worth it.

  3. Ever feel like giving up? Well, there was yesterday, and the day before that, and the day before that…

  4. Fiona Ingram says:

    I am definitely at the “what am I doing this for?” stage… If only someone would strike a match at the end of the tunnel…