Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Ernest Hemingway on Stories that are Trim, Taut and Terrific

The American writer Ernest Hemingway despised flabby, indulgent storytelling.

Early in his career Hemingway had a $10 bet with colleagues that he could produce a story just six words long. This is what he came up with:

"For sale: Baby shoes, Never worn."

Needless to say he won the bet.

Source: Paul Willis, Uncovering the Secrets of Storytelling, CNN, 22 August 2008.

Dr Geoff Pound

Image: Ernest Hemingway.