Max Perkins on what makes good writing

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A soldier asked Hemingway's legendary editor Maxwell Perkins for some advice on a writing career. Jack Limpert provides excerpts and background: "I should think you had seen plenty by now, but I do not think you need be impatient to put it into writing. I think, in truth, that the best writing of all is done long after the events it is concerned with, when they have been digested and reflected upon unconsciously, and the writer has completely realized them in himself."