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"Patch of Dirt:" Hemingway's Writing Tips

January 2, 2017

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.

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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