Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction

Hemmingway

Open Culture has compiled Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction and they’re really good. A lot of it has been talked about before, but they good to re-read. My personal favorite from this list:

5: Don’t describe an emotion–make it.

I was trying to write then and I found the greatest difficulty, aside from knowing truly what you really felt, rather than what you were supposed to feel, and had been taught to feel, was to put down what really happened in action; what the actual things were which produced the emotion that you experienced. In writing for a newspaper you told what happened and, with one trick and another, you communicated the emotion aided by the element of timeliness which gives a certain emotion to any account of something that has happened on that day; but the real thing, the sequence of motion and fact which made the emotion and which would be as valid in a year or in ten years or, with luck and if you stated it purely enough, always, was beyond me and I was working very hard to get it.

See all seven tips here. What’s your favorite?

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