The rhythm of my text weakens when I check them with this application. Yes, I agree with you. Writing is still an art or craft. Thank you, this post was beautiful and helpful!! The Old Man and the Sea is one of my all-time favorite books. Thanks for sharing a few delicious quotes and bringing it back to mind again, and for making it more clear what makes it so good. Writing like Hemingway, especially for business purposes, what a fascinating subject, Henneke! Thank you for putting this together.
This was the first time I tried to draw a real person. It was quite a challenge. Still, you remain the queen in concise and clear biz writing and I can only aspire to join your court!
Exactly is one of my problem words, too. It keeps sneaking into my writing. The other sneaky -ly adverb is totally. I have to edit these two out of each piece of writing. It still amazes me that people like you keep reading my posts. I guess we all have a similar fascination for writing. They have absolute power and punch. I have to read your posts several times just so that some of your writing skills can rub off on me. Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Amit. But it might be a while before I put that together.
This will be enough to keep me busy till you come out with your post. Hi Henneke Another brilliant post. Your posts have become compulsory reading for me. I love the way you weaved the excerpts from The Old Man and the Sea into the post. A great lesson in the art of simple writing. Thank you for the Hemingway quotes and such an inspiring post. Enjoyable read as usual. And the excellent comments too. Such an audience you have! This blog post instantaneously reminded me of these bloggers.
In addition to that, I always admire your writing as well. What I learned from this blog post is that simplicity in writing has its importance. My takeaway is that one should be open to learning new perspectives.
For example, I have read that a blogger must be writing short sentences to keep the readers engaged. But today I heard the same thing in a broader perspective. I like how Roy Peter Clark author and writing teacher puts it: Short ones tell the gospel truth. What a simple and brilliant post. Mostly because of the language, simple and so visual at the same time. And, of course, I already made notes in my mind on what to remember when I write. Hemingway said about his own writing: I try to put the shit in the wastebasket.
We so often hear about using short sentences and scrapping adverbs. If all sentences were short, that would be boring. Instead, we should be finding the right balance between long and short sentences. Some of the advice in blog posts is a little too strict about short sentences and adverbs. As writers, we should always decide whether suggested changes work or not. Not everyone has to write like Hemingway. On the other hand your client is often competing with a lot of like minded businesses where vivid writing might help set it apart.
You can also sketch vibrant images with simple words. Yo may find the examples here useful: Writing like Hemingway is a daunting task.
His mastery of words seems difficult but not impossible to match. That is the way to write English—it is the modern way and the best way. They weaken when they are close together.
They give strength when they are wide apart. An adjective habit, or a wordy, diffuse, flowery habit, once fastened upon a person, is as hard to get rid of as any other vice. Interesting how he makes the adjective habit sound even worse by using three adjectives: Henneke, Thank you for making it simple. I now understand what is required to make a good write up. Follow proven templates for specific writing tasks, practice your skills, and get professional feedback so you become a confident business writer.
Take on any writing project with gusto. Learn more about books and courses. Basically, his style is simple, direct, and unadorned, probably as a result of his early newspaper training. He avoids the adjective whenever possible, but because he is a master at transmitting emotion without the flowery prose of his Victorian novelist predecessors, the effect is far more telling.
Stringing them along by means of conjunctions, he approximates the actual flow of experience. Hemingway has often been described as a master of dialog, and most readers agree, upon being first introduced to his writing, that "this is the way these characters would really talk. Actually, a close examination of his dialog will reveal that this is rarely the way people really speak. The effect is accomplished, rather, by the calculated emphasis and repetition which makes us remember what has been said.
Since the critics cannot entirely agree on Hemingway's style, perhaps the best way is to put it into the author's own words.
Shortly before his tragic death, Hemingway gave to the Wisdom Foundation in California a collection of his observations on life and art, love and death. They were published in the January , issue of Playboy magazine, and in them Hemingway said of his writing:. The committee recognized his "forceful and style-making mastery of the art of modern narration. Hemingway has often been described as a master of dialogue; in story after story, novel after novel, readers and critics have remarked, "This is the way that these characters would really talk.
The effect is accomplished, rather, by calculated emphasis and repetition that makes us remember what has been said. Perhaps some of the best of Hemingway's much-celebrated use of dialogue occurs in "Hills Like White Elephants.
We finally learn that the girl's nickname is "Jig. But Hemingway tells us nothing about them — or about their past or about their future.
There is no description of them. We don't know their ages. We know virtually nothing about them. The only information that we have about them is what we learn from their dialogue; thus this story must be read very carefully. This spare, carefully honed and polished writing style of Hemingway was by no means spontaneous. When he worked as a journalist, he learned to report facts crisply and succinctly.
From the beginning of his writing career in the s, Hemingway's writing style occasioned a great deal of comment and controversy. Basically, a typical Hemingway novel or short story is written in simple, direct, unadorned prose.
Hemingway has often been described as a master of dialog, and most readers agree, upon being first introduced to his writing, that "this is the way these characters would really talk." It is interesting to note, however, that Hemingway's one attempt at playwriting was a failure.
Hemingway's style. The Iceberg Theory is the writing style of American writer Ernest Hemingway. Influenced by his journalistic career, Hemingway contendedt that by omitting superfluous and extraneous matter, writing becomes more interesting. Hemingway published in his life, The Old Man and the Sea typically reflects his unique writing style. The language is The language is simple and natural on the surface, but actually deliberate and artificial.
Hemingway's style is remarkably similar to the writing style of a journalist - and for good reason. His early background included journalistic training, a style of writing that relies heavily on presenting the facts in a crisp and clear way, and allowing dialogue or conversations to shine through; and a stint at the newspaper, Kansas City Star. Here's how to write like Hemingway - even if you're writing for business. Want to write like Hemingway? Here's how to emulate his writing style and enchant your readers with simple language - even if you're writing for business.