Writing Tip–Get to the Point

As a couple of bloggers have observed, Ernest Hemingway has a lot to teach us about blogging, or just Internet print in general. Today’s writing tip recognizes Hemingway’s style and what it can bring to your writing.

“Never mistake motion for action.”
Don’t just do it to do it. Write and act purposefully. Trim the fluff that leads up to the action. It’s not action if the story isn’t moving forward.

“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”
If there’s anything I’ve learned from writing, it is to listen. Listen to how people speak. Listen to how they lie or make love. Listen to know what dialogue is.

“In order to write about life, first you must live it!”
Certainly, firsthand knowledge brings the most life to your writing. It’s not enough to know that bear may attack. How will he attack? What will you do? The last point is key. Writing forces us to view our inner self. What good or evil lurks here?

“I write one page of masterpiece to ninety one pages of shit.”
It’s okay to experiment. It’s okay to run with an idea to see where it will take you. Ride the rapids, and enjoy the show. Everything will be waiting for you when you return. Write with a mind to explore.