Ernest Hemingway on Writing. I began reading, thinking I might learn some magic secret of writing success. Instead, I discovered that Hemingway had some of the same feelings and encountered some of the same problems as the rest of us.
For example, he said, "Writing is at best a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer's loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing." Frankly, some of these organizations do offer courses and lectures that help, but for me their main attraction has always been the opportunity to interface with people who face the same problems I do.
And, lest we think that Hemingway was rich, he penned these words: "My own experience with the literary life has not as yet included receiving royalties--but I hope by keeping down advances to someday have this take place." Wow, I've heard that before from many of my colleagues. Nope, nothing new there.
By the way, Hemingway also had a problem with titles. Check Ecclesiastes 1:5 if you wonder where he came up with The Sun Also Rises. No, there's really nothing new under the sun, is there?
These are some things I've learned from Hemingway. What have you learned from a famous figure? Let us know.