Writing tips from an ‘Old Master’

Writing tips from an ‘Old Master’

Writing tips from Hemingway

‘To get started, write one true sentence’ … #1 tip from Hemingway

ernest hemingwayErnest Hemingway was a sociable and generous man in many ways, not least in giving advice to up-and-coming writers.

Thanks to openculture.com we have 7 tips he shared with others which were assembled in 1984 by Larry W. Phillips into a book, Ernest Hemingway on Writing.

7 tips for writing from Ernest Hemingway:

1: To get started, write one true sentence

2: Always stop for the day while you still know what will happen next

3: Never think about the story when you’re not working 

4: When it’s time to work again, always start by reading what you’ve written so far

5: Don’t describe an emotion – make it

6: Use a pencil (ie how it was back in the days of typewriters but it can still help to move off-screen for a while)

7: Be Brief.


About Ernest Hemingway

Born on 21 July 1899, this American novelist, short story writer, and journalist had an economical and understated style which had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. He produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works. Additional works, including three novels, four short story collections, and three non-fiction works, were published posthumously. Many of his works are considered classics of American literature.

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