Hemingway’s Amazing Four Rules for Writing
We can all learn from the masters. In this video I share Hemingway’s amazing four rules for writing.
Ernest Hemingway, one of America’s greatest writers. He followed four basic steps to better writing. He urged others to follow them too. In the video I share his rules along with my own notes about what he meant.
Ernest Hemingway is recognized as a powerful, original writer. Anyone who puts words to paper can benefit from learning about his writing style. He was such an excellent writer that it’s easy to get lost in the stories and forget to examine their construction.
He’s best known for The Sun Also Rises, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Old Man and the Sea and The Snows of Kilimanjaro. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1953 and the Nobel Prize for fiction in 1954.
Hemingway was noted for his sparse style. He didn’t waste words. He wrote a first draft then carefully eliminated unnecessary words. He wanted his readers to get a sharp, clear imagine in their minds of the word pictures he painted.
What Hemingway says applies to all types of books—fiction and nonfiction. His writing rules apply to business writing or internet posts too. You’ll see an instant improvement in your writing when you use these techniques.
Hemingway learned these rules for writing when he was a cub reporter on the Kansas City Star newspaper and used them throughout his life.
He said, “Those with the best I ever learned for the business of writing. I’ve never forgotten them. No person with any talent, who feels and writes truly about the thing he is trying to say, can fail to write well if he abides with them.”
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