Quotable: Ernest Hemingway

“Write drunk, edit sober.”

I had to learn this one from my daughter. Not that she drinks–that I know of–but the other night while I was up late working on the script for Vacation Bible School, I was typing so fast because my brain was firing ideas faster than I could record them, and I kept slowing down my own writing by trying to correct spelling and other minor details. She leveled Hemingway at me to keep me on task to finish writing.

Alcohol or not, the point is: write while you feel like writing and while you have the ideas coming. You can always go back and edit when you aren’t feeling particularly creative.

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