When you want to better your craft, who better to take advice from than good ol’ Papa Hemingway? In this copyblogger post, Ernest himself shares his top 5 tips for writing well. You can read the article in its entirety here, or check out our quick summary below:
1. Use short sentences.
2. Use short first paragraphs.
3. Use vigorous English.
4. Be positive, not negative.
5. Never have only 4 rules.
The post ends with this famous quote by the venerable Hemingway, which could be the most important tip of all:
“I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of sh*t,” Hemingway confided to F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1934. “I try to put the sh*t in the wastebasket.”
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