Posts Tagged ‘Hemingway’

Too Wordy?

Wordy is what I call it. Exaggerated exposition? Too much talk and not enough action. Too much description. Too many adverbs–ly words.  The reader gets bogged down in it all, so she closes the book. Be careful. Choose strong, meaningful words to move the story. Write tight.

Hemingway said his first editor at the Kansas City Star gave him a style sheet: “Use short sentences. Use short first paragraphs. Use vigorous English. Be positive, not negative.” Hemingway said it was “the best rules I ever learned for the business of writing.”

Maybe we can use the rules from that style sheet to tighten up our writing and improve the stories.