Ernest Hemingway’s Ice Berg Theory

It is important for writers to build up an engaging story and immerse readers into a world from which the story unfolds. The core principle of Hemingway’s Iceberg theory is that not everything should be revealed to the readers; writers must know 100% of their story and world, but 90% is hidden below the water for readers to come to their own conclusions.

I have been working on my fantasy fiction series for many years now. It is a project that I have put my blood, sweat and tears into and it has provided me with great joy. I wrote some material for it when I was young and the story has grown and developed with me. I realise now that I’ve only scratched the surface of the world I’ve created. Using the iceberg theory, I have stripped down the novel series and the worlds to recapture their essence and build it back up again. I have delved into the matrices of the realms and how everything originated. I have also discovered a few elements of the story that I overlooked, which has prompted me to enhance the novels, to make them more enjoyable.  I want to make something out of this book series. I plan to write a spin-off of Realms of Magic, creating my antagonist’s story, similar to The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth. Roth published a novella called Four based on the main male character. 

The iceberg theory will prove my most helpful ally.

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