Ernest Hemingway’s Writing Method

Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction | Open Culture.

Each tip in the linked article quotes Hemingway’s tips as well as further explanations of them, and make excellent reading.

Not all of the tips he gives would work for me personally as a writer, and it’s likely that not all of them would work for others either.  However, it’s a good idea to consider other techniques and maybe utilise them if you’re struggling with advancing your work.  My favourite tip is the first one.

“To get started, write one true sentence.”

This is an interesting idea, and I have done it for my short stories.  Many times I’ve written a single sentence that I want to have in my story – sometimes it’s the first sentence, but usually it’s the final line.  The last line is important to my short fiction, because it’s the twist, or the reveal.  This technique has often been successful for me, so perhaps I should implement it into my novel.  I do have a lot of short scenes along the timeline, so I don’t see why I haven’t done it so far.

Thank you for the idea, Mr Hemingway.

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