Hemingway's Four Amazing Rules for Writing

20 thoughts on “Hemingway's Four Amazing Rules for Writing

  1. Hemingway's famous 1940 novel is, "For Whom the Bell Tolls." Please excuse the slip of the lip in this video.

  2. I absolutely love Hemingway. But… Wilde's novel is brilliant, too. I think it is a bit short-sighted to call his style tedious. It just requires a different mind-set to appreciate it.

  3. Get the title right. One bell. Ernest took the title from a John Donne quote:
    “…..any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. “
    If memory serves, this quote is printed on the opening page, opposite the first page of the text.

  4. I quite like the jazziness of prose and over all Transcendent language. My tip for writing if I may be so bold is life experiences, get out of the grid and routine. You won't regret that.

  5. I went back a few months ago to reread one of Hemingway's novels. It's quite a thing to read an artist's work when you are young and to bring all that extra baggage back to their work over the years. The rhythms of the work felt awkward and it was hard for me to get into it. Is it possible for literary tastes to change so much over the years? I'm certainly more critical of what I read now, but Hemingway was one of the authors that got me interested in literature.

    Also the advice about an good opening paragraph is simply cliche. It's the easiest thing to tell a novice and it's a great way to make them crazy. Is this opening interesting enough? Has it been overdone? Is there a better way to tell it? Shouldn't someone die in the first paragraph? What about starting it with a mystery? Maybe it should be like a Michael Bay movie and have a slow motion explosion in the opening paragraph.

  6. Thanks for your helpful video! I'm embarking on my own writing project that seems a bit daunting with my very modest writing skills, and so these Hemmingway Rules can only help.:-)

    I also appreciate that you left distracting background music out which has resulted with me Subscribing! Again, thanks much!

  7. I don't know how I stumbled upon this. I do know however that this was made with care and expertise in order to instruct and encourage writers everywhere. Thank you

  8. A wonderful review of Hemingway's style. Thank you. Dale E. Manolakas, Legal Thriller writer

  9. I wouldn't say The Picture of Dorian Gray had a 'tedious' writing style, though Wilde's writing was decadent and florid…

  10. I'm an English Language and Literature student and I've just found your channel and I love it! Your speech is very clear and understandable!

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