On bleeding and typing

Ernest Hemingway put it well when he said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

But there’s great hope in that idea, that the process is the answer. The critical part, in other words, is not the outcome, but the journey. It’s not necessarily the book you wrote, the business you built, the family, or the screenplay—it’s the making the book, writing the words of the poem, building the business, and dreaming the movie—all acts of powerful self creation and organization.

That’s the bleeding Hemingway is talking about—unique personal “expression.” The word “expression” actually does mean to push out, just like “expeller pressed” olive oil. By organizing our own mind in a form where we can give expression, we become more of who we are.

Just by committing to that, we share some of our own platform for living with the world. We grow.

Are you giving yourself full credit for the whole process, not just the outcome?