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5 blogging tips gleaned from Hemingway

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Spoiler alert: Booze and mistresses have nothing to do with being an effective blogger.

Now that that’s out of the way, whatever your opinion of Ernest Hemingway’s work, you can’t argue he didn’t make a name for himself in the world of literature, and making a mark is the goal of every blogger.

Though the world lost Hemingway long before the advent of the Internet, bloggers today can glean some useful tips from his writing habits, as Victoria Elizabeth at Problogger explains.

1. Short Sentences are Key

This tip seems obvious but if writing isn’t a regular habit for you, then it’s easy to fall into writing longer run-on sentences. Hemingway was fond of short clear sentences and thought little of elaborate language.

You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.” Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast.

Your writing should be similarly straight to the point as an online audience won’t hesitate to leave your webpage with a click once they get bored or confused by your language.

2. Research the Truth

Hemingway wanted to find the truth within stories, and his research heavily drove his writing pursuits.Research is vital to writing truthfully, and this should always be your priority as a blogger.

If you want to move people with your message, then you must convince your audience of the truth in your writing. Hemingway also wasn’t a fan of adjectives, and bloggers who use words like ‘great, exciting, amazing, etc.’ tend to betray their creative insecurities. These words detract from your message instead of adding value so beware the verbose adjectival pitfall (See what I did there?)

Full story at Problogger.

Writing tips from the greats.

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