Ernest Hemingway and Killer Nashville (2015)

ED. NOTE: Killer Nashville 2016 is August 18-21 at Embassy Suites in Franklin, Tennessee – a good time to repost my article that first ran in 2015.

 “It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.”

—Ernest Hemingway

Wonder what Ernest Hemingway would have thought of Killer Nashville?

Seems to me Papa would have been at his irascible best and very much in his element at the annual late-August conference for thriller, mystery and suspense writers and literature lovers.

Telling great stories about his world travels; opining on fellow authors and the state of the nation; espousing dark, biting humor and inspiring words of wisdom about the craft of writing at Saturday night’s closing Guest of Honor banquet. Imbibing at Tootsie’s or one of Nashville’s other legendary honky-tonks after the daylong convention sessions come to a close.

Hemingway had many insightful comments on writing, but these quotations illustrate, for me, the essence of how easy — and yet how excruciatingly difficult — it is to tell your story.

We all have good stories. Whether shaped by a lifetime of experiences, some horrible or bittersweet incident from the past, or perhaps the flights of pure fantasy.

Read the full story here.

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