Have started reading Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises (I have finally, finally gotten to Hemingway) and decided to peek at his biography on Wikipedia where I came across the quote that made me cry my eyes out (still crying as I type this). I wish someone told me about this when I was just starting out, or maybe I wouldn't have understood it back then. But suddenly everything is crystal clear, everything. How to write well. I know it now. I know what I'm doing with my drafts, and I just can't stop crying...I know how to make my writing better.
"If a writer of prose knows enough of what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them. The dignity of movement of an ice-berg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water. A writer who omits things because he does not know them only makes hollow places in his writing." — Ernest Hemingway in Death in the Afternoon