A great quote from Hemingway:
“This too remember. If a man writes clearly enough anyone can see if he fakes. If he mystifies to avoid a straight statement, which is very different from breaking so-called rules of syntax or grammar to make an effect which can be obtained in no other way, the writer takes a longer time to be known as a fake and other writers who are afflicted by the same necessity” [those on the group that adore what they do] “will praise him in their own defense. True mysticism should not be confused with incompetence in writing which seeks to mystify where there is no mystery but is really only a necessity to fake to cover lack of knowledge or the inability to state clearly. Mysticism implies a mystery and there are many mysteries; but incompetence is not one of them; nor is overwritten journalism made literature by the injection of false epic quality. Remember this too: all bad writers are in love with the epic.”
Interestingly, when I googled for a transcription of this quote (yes, I’m that lazy), I found that everyone just quoted the last line, which makes no useful sense without the full paragraph.