“The writer must write what he has to say, not speak it.”
~ Ernest Hemingway
I have the above Hemingway quote engraved on a mantel piece that sits atop my desk.
Another mantra which I repeat to myself often? “If I have time to talk about writing, I have time to actually do it.”
Fortunately, I submit this article with clear conscience. Each week I am publishing a column. You can find my latest at the Good Men Project.
Building my “chops”
When I was a boy, my music teacher made me rehearse complex scales to “build my chops” as a trumpet player. Like most students, I much preferred playing actual songs. But my instructor believed this student should a be well-rounded musician. To achieve this mark, I had to work vigorously on elements of music that felt unnatural.
I don’t play music anymore, yet his ethos left its mark. Whether or not column writing is my niche, I know my teacher would agree that any experience that expands my repertoire can only make me stronger.
This one is for you, Mr. Steinhart.
Since I approach writing as an experiment, I decided to self-publish my first book.
The title is Möbius. A möbius is a curved, continuous loop of deceptively simple yet profound dimension. Using this arc, I composed some thoughts about a common subject that all human beings share. The subject of home.
I will release it in October and I am excited.
Also I have a new Instagram account for updates – @WDavidHubbard
You are welcome to follow, if you wish.
Either way, I will share more soon.
Thanks for reading, friends.