Hemingway appears to be the most quotable author in the spectrum, my personal favourite being the rather blunt, ‘the first draft of anything is shit’.
The Nobel Prize-winning American writer created most of his works from 1925 over the next 30 years. He published 7 novels, 6 collections of short stories, and 2 non-fiction pieces. After his death in 1961, further publications bearing his name were released (3 novels, 4 short story collections, and 3 non-fiction). His journalistic background would go on to shape his fiction writing, a short, sharp style that left little room for auxiliary words.
Brian Clark’s piece on Copyblogger (http://www.copyblogger.com/ernest-hemingway-top-5-tips-for-writing-well/) highlighted 5 Hemingway tips for writing well and it is well worth a read.
In summary, the rules are:
- Use short sentences.
- Use short first paragraphs.
- Use vigorous English.
- Be positive, not negative.
- Never have only 4 rules.