“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 dull 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, Prologue to The Short Stories
I started reading Hemingway’s collection of short stories over break, and this quotation really stuck with me. Our best work comes out of our hardest (and best) experiences. I’ve been making a conscious effort to go outside my comfort zone and experience new things this year, and I’m really hoping I will be able to improve my writing and myself in the process.
(P.S. Sorry for the lack of activity the past week or so, I just started a new semester and I’m a little overloaded!)