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Blogging Insights — New Format#38 — experience


“In order to write about life first you must live it.”

Ernest Hemingway


Many people write about their experiences and this makes for very interesting reading both in fiction and in non fiction. Yet the “must” portion of the above quote does not follow. Writers can and do use their imaginations to create alternate realities that have nothing to do with their experiences. A shining example is the novelist Jane Austen. She had a very limited experience of life, but the books she wrote have survived into the 21st century. Her characters are complex enough to be psychoanalysed today. The feisty female characters she depicted are feminists long before the term “feminism” was even thought of. In my opinion, Ernest hemingway’s quote does not hold true in every case.

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12 thoughts on “Blogging Insights — New Format#38 — experience

  1. Don’t take Heminway too literal. I cant speak for him but, I read his quote as dont live life in a bubble, get out there, experience life. That means actually or through the lives of others. And develop an opinion, thought or lifestyle based on those experiences and thoughts.

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  2. Reading several other bloggers posts on this echo my own thoughts. No disrespect to Mr Hemingway, but his quote is not strictly true. Sure it helps to write from experience, but many writers pen their work from their imagination, wishful thinking or embroidering their experiences to give their story a little zing.

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