Hemingway – The Iceberg Theory

Short Story Scribe

According to Jenna Blum in The Author at Work, “Hemingway said that only the tip of the iceberg showed in fiction—your reader will see only what is above the water—but the knowledge that you have about your character that never makes it into the story acts as the bulk of the iceberg. And that is what gives your story weight and gravitas.”

In A Moveable Feast, Hemingway states, “….. my new theory that you could omit anything … and the omitted part would strengthen the story”

In Hemingway’s essay, The Art of the Short Story he further elaborates, “A few things I have found to be true. If you leave out important things or events that you know about, the story is strengthened. If you leave or skip something because you do not know it, the story will be worthless. The test of any story is how very good…

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