Friday, April 9, 2010

Iceberg! Right Ahead!

The Iceberg Theory, popularized by Ernest Hemingway, is to know more about what you're writing than what you tell your reader.  If your knowledge is deep enough, the subtext will communicate that unsaid information and emotion to the reader.

To us mere mortals, the Iceberg Theory can also refer to that huge mountain of self-doubt that creeps up on us after we've written some crap and wonder why we didn't spend more time picking up a more marketable skill like flipping burgers or washing windows or accurately guessing the number of jellybeans in a glass jar.

In other words:  stay in school, don't do drugs, and use the Iceberg Theory.

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