If a writer of prose knows enough of what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water.

Ernest Hemingway

photo via

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
February 5, 2014 / read / watch / LEAVE A COMMENT / 12


  • i had to read that aloud twice for it to sink in. yeah. i can get on board with that. there is nothing i hate more than a book i am really enjoying – the plot and characters are good, the writer writes well, but then after writing lovely prosaic sentences has to point out everything that s/he has just written to you in layman’s terms. i do not understand how these get past editing. it drives me nuts.

    • Same, and I finally had to mentally had punctuation to it for it to fully sink in, haha. There is definitely a level of expertise when it comes to writing this way, not giving away so much where the reader feels offended the author could think him so clueless, and not too little where the reader has no idea what’s going on. Both are equally frustrating! xo

  • such a lovely quote. honestly, in the world of blogging and social media sharing 24/7…sometimes leaving things unsaid is more valuable than putting every bit of your life out there for the entire planet to see.

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

    • That’s a really interesting point, Molly! We are a generation of over-sharers when it comes to social media. There is a lot to be said about not giving everything away. I’m going to have to mull that over, it’s too deep for 10am! :) xo

  • How’s the writing going Erin? Have you watched the documentary Salinger? you should if you haven’t.

    • The writing is actually going really, really well. This novel is like a shapeshifter that keeps growing and changing in ways I didn’t anticipate when I first at down to write it a eighteen+ months ago. It’s been a wonderful surprise, though. I will check out the Salinger documentary! Is it on Netflix? J and I are big into Netflix documentaries. xo

  • That is noble. And brave. Like some rhino hunters I know.

    • I cannot stop laughing at this!! xoxo

  • Okay Rooth’s comment is hilarious. I was wondering when I read this about the iceberg metaphor. Is Hemingway the first to use it do you think? I see it regularly now, and it fits a lot of situations. I’d love to trace it’s origin, kinda the way the first OMG was traced to Churchill. But Neel would say that everything can be traced to Churchill! ;)

    • I’m seriously still laughing at that comment, it was pure genius. And of course it set off the quote factory that is my brain and the rest of his lines from that movie are rolling through. Amazing. I had no idea OMG could be traced back to Churchill! I’m going to need to see some trail of evidence on that one. I think the iceberg metaphor started with Hemingway, but now I’m curious. xo

  • you got to love Ernest. he was truly brilliant!!

    • He was! He was a bit of a cad and had a slew of emotional demons, but you can’t deny he had a gift when it came to words. xo