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Ernest Hemingway’s writing tips for bloggers

Posted on Jul 25th, 2009 by

Ernest Hemingway

“Throughout his career as a writer,” says Larry W. Phillips in Ernest Hemingway on Writing, “Hemingway maintained that it was bad luck to talk about writing.” Nevertheless the tips Phillips condensed into his book would be applicable to good blog writing too:

1. Start with the simplest things

2. Boil it down

3. Know what to leave out

4. Write the tip of the ice-berg, leave the rest under the water

5. Watch what happens today

6. Write what you see

7. Listen completely

8. Write when there is something you know, and not before

9. Look at words as if seeing them for the first time

10. Use the most conventional punctuation you can

11. Ditch the dictionary

12. Distrust adjectives

13. Learn to write a simple declarative sentence

14. Tell a story in six words

15. Write poetry into prose

16. Read everything so you know what you need to beat

17. Don’t try to beat Shakespeare

18. Accept that writing is something you can never do as well as it can be done

19. Go fishing in summer

20. Don’t drink when you’re writing

21. Finish what you start

22. Don’t worry. You’ve written before and you will write again

23. Forget posterity. Think only of writing truly

24. Write as well as you can with no eye on the market

25. Write clearly – and people will know if you are being true

26. Just write the truest sentence that you know

27. Remember that nobody really knows or understands the secret

Discovered via Confident Writing. Picture courtesy Intersection




4 Comments to “Ernest Hemingway’s writing tips for bloggers”

  1. “8. Write when there is something you know, and not before”

    Totally disagree with that one. Some of the best writing is born from doubt.

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