Quotable Thursday: “All you have to do is write one true sentence”

In honor of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as it is otherwise known, I’m posting a quote from Hemingway.  These are the words he’d say to himself, when faced with writer’s block or self doubt –

All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” – Hemingway

<Writer-nerd sigh>  So true, so true.

Words of hope to motivate many writers this month, as we struggle with our word counts (and plenty of self doubt) – pushing to get to that beloved 50,000 words.  Or for anyone struggling to find the right words, for that matter.  You always start with one sentence.  Just start with what’s true.

Good luck writers – let’s find that first sentence and all the ones after it.

May your verbs be strong and your keyboards tireless – onward!  THIS YEAR IS THE YEAR!


Show me more quotes, even though it’s NaNoWriMo!  I’ve earned this slack! Well reader, your wish is my command:

If you noticed a theme, it’s because you’ve got plots on your mind.  Now – get back to writing!

3 thoughts on “Quotable Thursday: “All you have to do is write one true sentence”

  1. I’ve never participated in Nano and I doubt I will. Just not my thing. But for those of you who do, best of luck. If you don’t hit the 50,000 don’t worry about it. You created something regardless of the word count.

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    • Thank so much! And you should definitely try it. Right now, I’m struggling through but your comment on creation is right on – the gift is the writing and the content, even if you don’t get to the end “goal” 🙂


  2. Pingback: quotable “you can’t go back…” | ProlixMe

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