In his memoir A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway recalls what he told himself when he felt he couldn’t write:
“I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, ‘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.’ So finally I would write one true sentence, and then go on from there. It was easy then because there was always one true sentence that I knew or had seen or had heard someone say.”
Hemingway’s determination to write simple, true sentences began in his years as a journalist. Before the novels and the Nobel Prize, he sharpened his literary tools as a reporter, first in Kansas City, then in Toronto, and finally as a European correspondent.