“The Prize”: A Tribute to Ernest Hemingway


Article Title: “The Prize”: A Tribute to Ernest Hemingway

Submitted by: Craig Lock
Key Words (tags): Ernest Hemingway, writing, Hemingway on writing, writing styles, Hemingway’s themes, writing themes, motor racing, Formula One

Web sites:http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html

http://www.amazon.com/The-Prize-ebook/dp/B005GEX5DY and http://www.amazon.com/The-Grand-Prize-Rainbows-ebook/dp/B005UJ6P0A

The submitter’s motor racing blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://grandprixdriver.wordpress.com



http://www.sportforpeace.wordpress.com and


Other Articles are available at:http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565andhttp://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig

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“We share what we know, so that we all may grow”


These are my notes (in point form) I took from an excellent documentary on the life of the great American writer; so am sharing. Enjoy…

Firstly, some thoughts on his unique style, which revolutionized literature.

Thoughts on Hemingway’s Style

“He wrote with an artist’s devotion and the reporter’s craft.”

He had a succinct, spare style with short sentences and rhythms. Put across the story very simply, focussed, make the story come alive.

He said: “Write the truest sentence you know.”

Hemingway was fiercely competitive in his writing, comsumed by his work – in a word, driven.

“When he wrote, it was a religious experience. He wrote with passion and commitment. I don’t really know that he enjoyed writing. He had very high standards. He writes like an ascetic monk at fasting… totally committed and concentrated”.

Hemingway’s favourite credo: “To endure one must last.” *

Hemingway’s Themes

* Courage (fearless)

Living with grace under pressure

He wrote stories of dramatic change: from fear to courage

Characters being transformed by challenge (of David and Goliath).

Hemingway’s novels were unparalleled. He never shied away from the BIG themes. “Whilst his style was minimal, his canvas was a LARGE one.”

Hemingway wrote with insight and discipline. He fought and worked hard. The long solitary years at the type-writer perfected his craft.

The “champ” getting up off the canvas was a reflection of his own life.

“The character seems to represent the virtues, and the resilience of the little people, the spirit of battling on, no matter what your circumstances are and ultimately finding your way.”

His classic, ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ was the pinnacle, the zenith of his writing (“man is more intelligent, though the fish was more noble”).


Ernest had a burning ambition. “He had writing, like other people had religion.” His words on receiving the Nobel Literary prize in the early fifties: “Writing is a lonely life…but when a writer writes, he sheds his loneliness, he does his work himself… and must face his eternity… alone.”

Also he once said:

“There is no lonelier man when writing than a suicide.”


“Those who will not break, the world kills.”

On the death of his publisher friend (Scribener??) :

“I want to say, a dear and my closest friend. He had to die, but at least he got it over with. I’m too sad to write a good obituary.

“I make art through words – they are my tools, my materials…and I am the sculptor.”

– “a young Hemingway” (thanks hazle)

Hemingway made art through the expression of his powerful words… and he continually tested his writing limits, those of his imagination… then exceeded his previous boundaries.

Finally, Hemingway was a true master… and masters never “peter out”. He believed in endurance, one that will last, like the paintings of Rembrandt, for eternity, as all true great masterpieces do.

Hemingway’s favourite credo: “To endure one must last”… and the legacy of Hemingway endures.

Shared by craig (“information and inspiration distributer”)… as he “slides down the razor-blade of life’*

* that’s a metaphor, by the way




* IN OUR TIME (A book of short stories)

* THE SUN ALSO RISES (“a gripping story, lean”)


* LOST GENERATION (about life in Paris in the early twenties)

(“put very simply, focussed, make the story come alive”)





(about Spanish bull-fighting – matadors are heroes- grace in the face of death)

* SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO (Hemingway’s most famous short stories)


* FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS (about the Spanish Civil War)




(“the epilogue of all my writing and what I have tried to live”)

‘Old Man’ was the pinnacle, the zenith of his life’s work.

How’s this for a great simile on Venice?: “The Adriatic sea standing grey and yellow, like a fairy-city”

* A MOVABLE FEAST (his last work)

(“damaged wings and love of light”)

“Writing is a lonely life…but when a writer writes, he sheds his loneliness, he does his work himself… and must face his eternity… alone.”

Ernest Hemingway


“One writes to teach, to move or to delight.”

– Rodolphus Agricola

About the Submitter:
Craig believes in (and loves) sharing information and insights to try to make some difference in this world: to help and especially encourage people along life’s magical journey to live their dreams and be all they can be… and that brings him the greatest joy. He truly believes in the great potential of people to be all they can be an become. Craig is currently “working” on ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Great Horizons’ – true inspiring stories of the human condition in overcoming seemingly impossible odds.In his life mission Craig hopes to encourage, motivate and inspire people to be their best through realising their full potentials and live their very best lives. Craig believes in the great potential of every human being in the journey of life and loves to encourage people to share their individual (and guiding) spirits, so that they become all that they are CAPABLE of being

Craig’s new book ‘The Prize’ is already available at http://www.amazon.com/The-Prize-ebook/dp/B005GEX5DY

(and extracts are available at www.thegrandprize.wordpress.com

he Grand Prize (Rainbows and The Prize) [Kindle Edition] is available at http://www.amazon.com/The-Grand-Prize-Rainbows-ebook/dp/B005UJ6P0A\\


The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at



The submitter’s motor racing blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://grandprixdriver.wordpress.com



http://www.sportforpeace.wordpress.com and


“The world’s smallest and most exclusive bookstore”

“Together, one mind, one soul at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, enrich, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”


“There are only three sports: bullfighting, mountain climbing and motor racing; all the rest are merely games.”

– Ernest Hemingway

“The greatest mountain we need to climb lies in our our own minds”. It’s not the highest mountain that we conquer, but ourselves, our own mentality. Overcoming perceived limits to reach (attain) the pinnacle of our own minds.”

– craig (as inspired by the words of Sir Edmund Hillary, conquerer of Mount Everest (1919-2008)

“Together, one mind, one soul at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact,empower, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”


“I want to write the way Gilles Villeneuve drove and power-slid his blood-red Formula One Ferrari… with wild enthusiasm and a sense of abandonment, combined with the artists craft of a Stirling Moss, a Jim Clark, and especially that of the great Ayrton Senna, living on the razor-blade edge of life.”

for dearest mom and dad, your spirits lives on (forever)

thanks for all the support, encouragement and especially love



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  1. craiglock Says:

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  3. craiglock Says:

    Thanks for the follow/link/like/reblog and/or kind thought(s)



    I’ve had many many hundreds of thousands of comments on my various other WordPress blogs at https://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/craigs-list-of-blogs-updated-sept-2011/
    in recent years …true!) …a few of my blogs went “balistically viral” a few years back.

    Obsessive or WHAT! Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share. However I am unable to keep up with the comments and was spending entire days just on replies on my various blog pages.

    Though I’m rather “driven”, I still get really, really fatigued (there’s a few books there). so sorry can’t reply individually to all you good people scattered around the planet, but DO try to read as many as possible daily (and even moderate a few when I get a “mo”), I got swamped with comments on my various blogs, so have had to close them off on all of my blogs, except for one or two of particular interest to me – sorry and hope you can understand.

    * “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

    ~ Franz Kafka

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.a
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci

    When (or if ever) you arrive in heaven, let faith, hope and love be the wings that carried you there.”

    – as adapted from the inspiring words of Jonathan Edwards, former minister in New England, Massachusetts

    “The Greatest Race: Living by (with) faith, hope and love is the highest podium any person can reach, God’s podium that anyone stand on.”
    – c

    “Having pursued the goals, the dreams set before us and run the race with persistence and endurance, after giving it all. Then one day standing on the summit of life, breathing in the pure sweet oxygen of achievement, totally satisfied in running the greatest race, the race of life one that ANYONE can run and win.”

    from http://racetothechequeredflag.wordpress.com/
    and http://www.godandformula1.wordpress.com

    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing

    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”

    The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4




    and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –

    “When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! ”

    Don’t worry about the world ending today…
    as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand


    “I wish you well on a rainy day
    I wish you rainbows to brighten your day
    To feel your quiet moments with a special kind of warmth
    to remind you that happiness can happen
    when you least expect it.

    I wish you rainbows to make you laugh and smile
    to show you the simple beauty of life
    and to give you the magic of dreams come true.

    I wish you rainbows
    I wish you well.”

    – Larry S. Chengges

    ”Since I can never see your face,
    And never shake you by the hand,
    I send my soul through time and space
    To greet you. You will understand.”

    – James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915)


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