I am sitting in the presence of greatness -- the essence of the mind and spirit of Ernest Hemingway.
This blog's Executive Contributor, Jim Van Wyck, recently sent me Hemingway's first style sheet: rules for writing that he was given as a cub reporter at the Kansas City Star.
Here are the rules:
1. Use short sentences.
2. Use short first paragraphs.
3. Use vigorous English.
4. Be positive, not negative.
These rules could also serve as a very valuable checklist, after you've written.
Said Hemmingway about this list: "the best rules I ever learned for the business of writing."
I suspect my friend and colleague Peter Stone would emphatically recommend these rules as well.
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