Sunday, October 30, 2011

She's got the Block

Oh, Tess. Why, with your beautiful writing, must you mock us so?  --- this writer, regarding this Magpie Tale


Ernest Hemingway: There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

Templeton:  But how, master, how?

Hemingway:  Do not worry.  You have always written before and you will write now.  All you have to do is write one true sentence.  Write the truest sentence that you know.

Templeton:  But today this typewriter mocks me! One sentence you say? Alright...

Much like the garbage disposal, my words are clogged.

17 comments:

liv2write2day said...

Brilliant. Hemingway gives us great encouragement...That one true sentence!

robkistner said...

interesting how a blank page in a typewriter draws so easily to the topic of (gasp) writer's block...

jabblog said...

This made me laugh - thank you:-)

Martin said...

Could be on to a winner. Who knows?

thingy said...

Some writer's block. This is wonderful. : )

manicddaily said...

Good old Ernest! I love the idea of Earnest and Templeton (the Rat) conferring. K.

Other Mary said...

Hi, mine too...for ages now! Let's hope we find some verbal Drain-o. Cheers!

Kathy Bischoping said...

I read it like the Kung Fu series -- good stuff, Grasshopper! Betcha you could write on rice paper.

Sioux said...

Templeton was one of my favorite characters in that book, and pairing him with Hemingway--brilliant and quirky and whimsical, all at the same time. Bravo!

Tumblewords: said...

Oh, this is truly wonderful!!

The Gooseberry Garden said...

a point well made.

Brian Miller said...

ha, it happens to the best of us...smiles.

Carrie Burtt said...

The blank page can be overwhelming sometimes.....love your take on the photo Templeton! :-)

Raining Iguanas said...

I have been out touring for a forehead tap of inspiration, I now have a compass bearing. Great piece!

AfterTim said...

Brought a smile to my face. Inspired by your work, by the way.

Titus

Geoff Maritz said...

Hemingway gives good advice. I'm like the garbage disposal at the moment :)

WyomingDiva said...

Hilarious last line. But, yes, writing is like bleeding!