You Have to be Hurt Like Hell Before You Can Write Seriously

For Christ sake write and don't worry what the boys will say nor whether it will be a masterpiece nor what. I write one page of masterpiece to ninety one pages of shit. I try to put the shit in the waste-basket . . . . Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY in a letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald (1934)