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Sometimes we don’t have the inspiration to write. It happens that we look for it all around us, and when we find it, that is still not enough. We need to own some more skills to be a good writer.


How to write like Hemingway

Brian Clark, the founder of the Copyblogger site, wrote something interesting text about how to write like Hemingway. We've all heard of Ernest Hemingway and at least one of his most famous books - The old Man and the Sea. In a text Brian wrote for Copyblogger, he explains why you should write like Hemingway at all. 

The word that best explains Hemingway's style of writing is - concise! 

In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary concisely is defined as compact, precise expression, without wasted words. Anyone who wants to write like Hemingway should avoid lengthy explanations and vague sentences or phrases.

5 rules that teach you how to write well like Hemingway


  1. Use short sentences

Hemingway knew how to "score" a point! He was known for his minimalist style of writing without the use of adjectives. Once they challenged him to tell a whole story in just 6 words. He succeeded, and the story was: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn."


  1. Use short introductions

Short introductions are more readable and easier to understand. When the introduction is short, it must contain a point and that is what will keep the reader's attention.


  1. Use "energetic" words

Energetic words are those that come from passion, focus and intention.

  1. Be positive

It is known that Hemingway was not the happiest man in the world. What do you mean by "be positive"? Basically, when you write, you should say something about something it is, before what it's not. For example, instead of saying "this product is not expensive", you can say "this product is economical". Or instead - "this procedure is painless", say - "this procedure is relatively comfortable".


  1. Never have just 4 rules

Brian Clark, author of How to Write as Hemingway adds at the end - Hemingway actually had 4 rules of writing, but I had to research a little deeper because of this fifth rule and here's what I found. Hemingway once said: "I am writing one page that is worth a masterpiece, on 99 pages that are worthless. I try to throw those pages that are not well written in the trash. ”


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Source: Copyblogger

Made by Ana Korolija - Senior Copywriter @Digitizer

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