Write like Ernest Hemingway

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.



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