Nathaniel Hawthorne quote

‘Easy reading is damned hard writing’ – Nathaniel Hawthorne
For writers everywhere, this is the perfect quote.

Each writer wants their work to be filled with fully-fleshed and compelling characters, complex and intricately woven plots, and a satisfying and worthy ending. But more than these technical aspects, the reader should share the characters’ joys and heartaches, experience exhilaration as the characters reach mountaintops and despair for the plunges into the valleys below. The reader should LIVE something new because of the words on the page.

Ernest Hemingway wrote, then rewrote the final page of The Old Man and The Sea thirty-eight times before he was satisfied. Why?

Because easy reading is damned hard writing.

What is your favorite easy read?

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