Hemingway on... Not Writing

hemingwayjpg-66e876db9e7211fc In a time when we're all writing hard, battling to bludgeon our drafts into order, remember: sometimes it is important to step out and draw ink away from the well.

In going where you have to go, and doing what you have to do, and seeing what you have to see, you dull and blunt the instrument you write with. But I would rather have it bent and dulled and know I had to put it on the grindstone again and hammer it into shape and put a whetstone to it, and know that I had something to write about, than to have it bright and shining and nothing to say, or smooth and well oiled in the closet, but unused. - Ernest Hemingway