The Grindstone

“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 toΒ 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!)


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