Often times all of us who enjoy writing have had some moments when we imagine how it would be to write a best-selling novel. We can get ideas about how to proceed from famous authors like Ernest Hemmingway who wrote about the things he experienced and in the end, won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Ernest Hemingway came into this world on July 21, 1899, in Oak Park, Illinois. The day he was born his father Dr, Clarence Hemingway announced to the world that he had a son by stepping out onto his porch and blowing his cornet.
While in high school Hemingway worked as a reporter for the Kansas City Star. When WW I began he signed up to do his patriotic duty. Unfortunately, he had a bad eye and could not do regular military duty so he became an ambulance driver for the Red Cross in Italy. While badly injured he was in a Milan hospital and fell in love with the nurse who took care of him. He wrote about this experience in his novel “A Farewell to Arms” in 1929. With a unique writing style, short and simple sentences he told about his adventures during WW I.
Hemingway lived in Europe for many years and travelled to Spain. It was about his passion for bullfighting in Pamplona, Spain that he wrote his first novel “The Sun Also Rises.” Later having returned to the US and living in Key West, Florida was when he wrote about his experiences during WW I.
In 1937 Hemingway reported on the Spanish Civil War and during thi time gathered material for his next novel “For Whom the Bell Tolls” which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
Hemingway purchased a farm near Havana, Cuba. When the US entered WW II he became a correspondent and was present at all the key moments of the war including the D-Day landing. Then it was in 1951 that he wrote his most memorable book “The Old Man and the Sea.” Finally, he received the Pulitzer Prize.
It was in 1954 that Hemingway was honored with the Nobel Prize in Literature. However, at this time he was living in Idaho and was battling deteriorating mental and physical health. On the morning of July 2, 1961, Hemingway committed suicide in his Ketchum home.
It was an unfortunate end for this well-known author. However, he left his novels to be enjoyed by future generations. For budding authors, his work shows that you can write novels that become bestsellers by writing about your own adventures or about what you know which is usually the best way to write a good book.