“All You Have to do,” said Hemingway, “is Write One True Sentence.”

On location at Piggott, Arkansas–
where Hemingway worked at his studio
to create stories that are famous now–
I, too, attempt to write.  Will I succeed?

In spring and fall, I meet with writer friends–
each working to attain a writing goal.
Some strive to pen the best in poetry
while others plot the greatest mysteries.

If Ernest’s friends critiqued his early work
those days in Paris when they socialized,
why not believe that we, as friends, can help
each other to become good writers, too?

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Writers’ Retreat–
a time when dedicated mentors lead
the writers on to reach their highest goals–
my aim is “one true sentence” in a book.

c Copyright, 2012, Freeda Baker Nichols

2 comments on ““All You Have to do,” said Hemingway, “is Write One True Sentence.”

  1. What an inspiring place to work!


    • Yes, it is an inspiring place to write, Inger. Hemingway’s barn studio has, of course, been restored, and it is where he wrote portions of “A Farewell to Arms” and other stories when he and his wife, Pauline, visited her folks.

      My favorite of his books–“The Old Man and the Sea.”


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