Ernest Hemingway believed the “quality of a piece could be judged by the quality of the material the author eliminated.” His theory of omission, also called “the iceberg theory,” emphasizes that the core of a good story lies beneath the surface, like the mass of an iceberg.
Revise a story, poem or essay by taking a cue from Hemmy and play with subtlety. Use implications to suggest a deeper problem or mystery within the narrative. What explanations or elements can you remove while still maintaining the heart of the piece?
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