A collection of provocative quotes, and the articles that contain them, stoking the fires of inspiration

Hemingway's Advice

“When you first start to write you get all the kick and the reader gets none, but after you learn to work it’s your object to convey everything to the reader so that he remembers it not as a story he had read but something that happened to himself. That’s the true test of writing. When you can do that, the reader gets the kick and you don’t get any. You just get hard work and the better you write the harder it is because every story has to be better than the last one. It’s the hardest work there is.”

From Maria Popova's Hemingway’s Advice on Writing, Ambition, the Art of Revision, and His Reading List of Essential Books for Aspiring Writers

Also, Hemingway's list of essential books for aspiring writers, which I imagine would be very different if he recreated it today:

No One Is Writing the Real West Virginia

The Not-So-Revolutionary Single Woman