“I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of sh…t, I try to put the sh…t in the wastebasket.” Hemingway
Eighty years after Hemingway confided to F. Scott Fitzgerald 1934, I join his self-criticism.
|Ernest Hemingway Collection. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.
In 2014, I’ve published my 100thblog post. I wrote one masterpiece to ninety-nine posts of sh…t. I tried to put the sh…t posts in the wastebasket, but the lure of the magical 100thmilestone was stronger. The number of my new posts doubled every year – starting with 14 in 2012, through 28 in 2013, to 58 in 2014. Keeping up with this trend will be a challenge in 2015.
While looking for Hemingway’s photo for this post, I found two other parallels between his life, work and my passions. First, he had an alcohol use disorder which led him to his tragic end. Mental health and substance use disorders have been the subject for most of my posts this year. If you identify as a woman, don’t drink more than 2-3 standard drinks per day. If you identify as a man, don’t drink more than 3-4 standarddrinks per day. It doesn’t matter that it’s Christmas. These are recommended low-risk drinking limits. Second, this fantastic software, named after Hemingway, can improve your writing: http://www.hemingwayapp.com/As its creators write: “Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear. Hemingway highlights long, complex sentences and common errors.”
I want to keep writing a lot, but I also want to write for new publications, websites and channels.
Readers of my blog will see less premieres and more re-publications. I will re-posts my texts from other websites that I (will) support to keep the writing ball rolling.
With this, I’d like to thank you for reading. I wish you a productive 2015.
Keep writing a lot!