Are Writers Hardcore?

Justin on writing…

The Champagne Epicurean

“A serious writer is not to be confounded with a solemn writer. A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl.”

Ernest Hemingway knew a thing or two about the life of a hawk. His life is renowned for being a constant-corrida, the kind of life so out-there you don’t even know what to make of it. He boxed, fished, fought in wars, hunted big-game, loved, wrote – all impossibly difficult things to do. But he did them, throughout his life, unfailingly, with the devotion a Christian might feel towards Fatima.

But Hemingway was a one off. Few people think of writers that way. When you tell people you’re a writer they imagine a bloody owl. You come across as intellectual, dedicated maybe, and possibly talented, but always and always: reclusive and introverted. Harry Potter didn’t…

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