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