Learn to say the truth of a thing –
That is all. Wisp and crackle, storm and fade –
End while the picture still holds.
Truth, so spoken, is fate:
Do not fold
What life lays square.
Gravity slings planets to a star
And Galileo towards his high perch –
Not for some revelation, but a simple sight.
He learned to speak the truth of a thing
In art as in science, make it be:
Centuries later, Hemingway smiled.
A rather well-known quote, but one that both simplifies and re-defines the job of writing:
“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.”Earnest Hemingway, The Moveable Feast.