Friday, September 18, 2009
Writing is Hard
Dear Ernest Hemingway,
What's up Ernie? Is it cool that I call you Ernie? Maybe we should work up to that considering we don't know each other. For what it's worth, I have made a serious attempt of writing 250 words daily, like you use to do...however I read somewhere (else) that the actual number was closer to 500 words. Do you still write? Is there writing after death? Or have you reincarnated into another being who is smart enough not to be a writer? *grin*
Anyway Hemmy...er, Ernest, I was Twitter-ing and ran across one of your quotes. People quote you, dontchaknow? That probably isn't a surprise to you, but you weren't a fan of scholars and critics, huh? It's hilarious to me that you think you would have failed a class on your work. Perhaps you moonlight in Kanye's body on occassion since the both of you are pseudo-anti college. Was that you inside of him during the VMAs? I know you didn't shy away from a quart of whiskey a day, perhaps the congnac was enough of a temptation to jump inside him temporarily...
Back to this quote thingy, before I get off on a tanget that might border on rude. So you say that "It's none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way." ¿Por qué Ernesto? Why should the fact that writing is difficult and is a skill that takes practice like any other profession be a secret? That will lead people to believe that your writing talent was innate instead of a long process you have nurtured over time and typewriters.
Sorry Ernestoic, I'm going to have to spill the juice. Writing is not easy (for me). I work at it daily, as in everyday. As in, even if I'm not writing, I'm thinking about it. As in, even if I'm reading, I'm thinking about how I wish it was my writing. And even after I've finished writing, I don't even like half of what I write.
Writing. Is. Hard.
That is all,
P.S. Who's your favorite African-American author?
Did you have one? Would Kanye go off on you like he did Bush? Hmmm....