Hemingway: ‘Write One True Sentence’

Posted on by Jeremy Daggett

Great list of Ernest Hemingway fiction writing tips brought to you by the folks over at Open Culture. About Hemingway:

Before he was a big game hunter, before he was a deep-sea fisherman, Ernest Hemingway was a craftsman who would rise very early in the morning and write. His best stories are masterpieces of the modern era, and his prose style is one of the most influential of the 20th century.

Hemingway never wrote a treatise on the art of writing fiction. He did, however, leave behind a great many passages in letters, articles and books with opinions and advice on writing.

Two of my favorites: “To get started, write one true sentence,” and, “be brief.” Good writing is an art. Good art takes a lot of work.