Over on Boing Boing, a recent post featured "Seven Writing Tips From Ernest Hemingway". One of the tips was:
"When you start to write you get all the kick and the reader gets none. So you might as well use a typewriter because it is that much easier and you enjoy it that much more. After you learn to write your whole object is to convey everything, every sensation, sight, feeling, place and emotion to the reader. To do this you have to work over what you write. If you write with a pencil you get three different sights at it to see if the reader is getting what you want him to. First when you read it over; then when it is typed you get another chance to improve it, and again in the proof. Writing it first in pencil gives you one-third more chance to improve it. That is .333 which is a damned good average for a hitter. It also keeps it fluid longer so you can better it easier."Inspired by Hemingway's words, and having no shame, I decided to practice my revision skills on that advice itself:
Fixed that for you, Ernie.
[my edit] "When you start to write you get all the kick; the reader gets none. So use a typewriter at first; it's much easier and you enjoy it more. After you learn to write, your object is to convey every sensation, sight, feeling, place and emotion to the reader. To do this you have to work over what you write. Writing first with a pencil gives you an extra chance to improve, to see if the reader is getting what you want to convey. You get three chances: First when you read it over, a second chance when it is typed, and a third in the proof. One more chance to improve is a damned good advantage for a writer. It also stays fluid longer so you can better it more easily." [/my edit]
[Crosses "Rewrite Hemingway" off bucket list.]
"The similarity ends at our beards."