True Sentence?

“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence you know.” – Ernest Hemingway

Great advice from Master Hemingway, isn’t it? Just write that TRUE sentence and you’re off to a great start.

If I could interview Mr. Hemingway, I’d ask him what makes a sentence ring TRUE.

Is it structure? – A crisp, unadorned sentence? Like “Jesus wept.”

Is it style? – A sentence that captures your feelings perfectly?

Is it a truth you’ve stumbled upon that has left you speechless?

What is a true sentence?

I wish he weren’t so vague about it. I liked him better when he was plain and blunt about writing – ‘First draft of anything is shit.” Can’t get it simpler than that.

Is that a true sentence, I wonder?

This will be my homework for this week.

Find my truest sentence. And then go from there.

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