Hemingway, whenever he was stuck in his writing, would tell himself to write one true thing.
Hemingway, whenever he was stuck in his writing, would tell himself to write one true thing. A true sentence. Then, he would write another. And another. It is the best rule I’ve ever found for writing. Write a true sentence. Something that is real for me. No showing off, no extrapolation, just a simple string of words that equal what I know to be true. It can apply to anything. Any decision, any fear, any point where we are stuck. Say one true thing to ourselves. And then another. And another. This dislodges the mind unlike anything else. It’s not comfortable, mind you. Truth isn’t always. It requires facing fears, standing up to dragons. They are illusions — all fear is — but the only way to overcome them is to face them, say to ourselves: this is what I know to be true. And list it.
I do this sometimes. If I’m stuck, unable to figure out or let go of something, I sit down and write a true sentence after true sentence after true sentence. The beginning is usually messy, as if you’re unclogging, but it starts to smoothen, and the truth comes out. Whatever I’m avoiding, whatever I didn’t want to admit or was afraid of, it’s right there, staring at me in my own handwriting.
The simple act of putting your truth on paper, only you and your thoughts, it is one of the most powerful exercises you can do.
Resist nothing. Like the Tibetan monk who once told me that he found peace by saying yes to all that happened. I met him again years later and reminded him of what he’d said. He laughed.
Live Your Truth - Kamal Ravikant
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