How to Write like Ernest Hemingway

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1. Use simple language and simple sentences.

 Consider the opening lines of A Farewell to Arms:

“In the late summer of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains. In the bed of the river there were pebbles and boulders, dry and white in the sun, and the water was clear and swiftly moving and blue in the channels.”

2. Use mostly short sentences, but if not, tie your long sentences together with repetitive conjunctions. Use these long sentences to describe moments of pleasure, fantasy or wonder.

Notice how Jake, the narrator, becomes briefly lost in the moment:

“The driver helped us down with the bags. There was a crowd of kids watching the car, and the square was hot, and the trees were green, and the flags hung on their staffs, and it was good…

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