ernest-hemingway-401493_1920.jpgβ€œIf a writer of prose knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them.”

No more needs to be said. 😁

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  1. I don’t know if I agree with him. I think good writing means you don’t have to put everything on the page, but I disagree that you can leave important things out and the reader will still be able to infer them. I think that is a cheat.

    1. Fair enough. But I believe he is expressing the sheer beauty in selecting the perfect words to tell a story without the ‘extra fluff’. Writing is a poetic dance with rhythmic beats meant to compel the reader to feel the symphony. If the music is off key (extra fluff), there will be soul grinding noise readers will run from rather than embrace. Hemingway is simply stating choose your words carefully and with purpose. If a writer expresses the story with precision, the reader can use his/her imagination without straying from the writers intended purpose. The emotional power of a story begins with word selection.πŸ‘

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