Hemingway and the Iceberg Theory of Writing

According to legend, Ernest Hemingway once made a $10 bet with several writers that he could write a whole story in six words. He wrote “For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.” on a napkin, passed it around, and collected his winnings. If you have time, please take a look at the above article. It is the […]

The Hemingway Writing App

Whether you compose presentations, speeches, online content, or just a lot of emails, this app can make a huge difference in the way you write. This is pretty interesting. It’s an app for $ 6.99 that you apply to your writing and it tells you which sentences are too wordy; whether or not you need to […]


Hemingway was a prolific letter writer. Some say that he left behind 8,000 to 10,000 letters. Some have been published despite his request that they not be published. I have to say though that reading his letters is really fun and interesting and gives me insight into his humor, what’s important to him, and the […]

The Best of Hemingway Novels

I mentioned last post that I’ve been re-reading Hemingway’s novels. I finished A Farewell to Arms and Across the River and into the Woods. I found so much more to love in A Farewell to Arms than my first few times around. While Catherine is dated in her attitude and her fawning for love, she […]


                  As usual, Hemingway is in the news everywhere.  So what’s new?   1.)  There apparently is news that there is a computer program that can predict whether you or I are the next Hemingway.  You can send in a sample of your writing and the computer can tell you if you are […]

Mining for Gold

  Earlier this year, a trove of about 2,500 documents from Hemingway’s home in Cuba, Finca Vigia, were shipped to the Hemingway collection in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.  They were digitized and many have already been made available.  The documents include letters, lists, diaries, telegrams, insurance policies, bank statements, passports, a […]


 If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast. Ernest Hemingway It’s the beginning of a very rugged winter—or so it seems—in Connecticut. Yesterday the winds were grueling and temps […]


 Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.   Ernest Hemingway It has been said someone bet Hemingway that he couldn’t write a story in six words that would make you cry.  Try this on for size, ye […]

My novel and Hemingway

Tell Me when It Hurts The first draft of anything is shit. Ernest Hemingway   It is not my intent to “plug” my novels on this blog but once in a while it fits so I’ll write a bit about my first novel and Hemingway.  My book is called Tell Me When It Hurts. La […]