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    Hemingway's 110 commandments

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    Most journals and newspapers have in-house rules, so Hemingway's rules won't apply to all article writers. Also, the English language has evolved, so some of the things are outdated. Still, as a fan of Hemingway, I found this interesting. Good find.
     
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    This guide reminds me that writing of any type, really, can inform the way you write fiction. With all the style guides and word counts in the world of journalism, is it any wonder that Hemingway developed such a distinct style premised on concision and sparsity?
     
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    Hemmingway wrote his early short stories and The Sun Also Rises while he lived in Paris during the 1920's. His articles for the Kansas City Star helped support him and his first wife, Hadley, until he started to sell his fiction. It's easy to see how the tenets of journalism affected is style since he was writing fiction and newspaper articles simultaneously. It also probably had a lot to do with his philosophy about writing 'true' sentences.
     
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    Thanks for the link!
     
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    This was the first time I've seen this and I consider myself to be a Hemingway fan. Thank you. It only serves to confirms what I suspect, though. If Hemingway was my editor he'd fire my ass.
     
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    Just meat and potatoes for me when it comes to Hemingway. 2 Rules and no more are needed.

    1. Write drunk.

    2. Edit sober.
     
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    I'm not a fan of alcohol.
     
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    I am a fan, but not of the way that Hemingway used it.
     

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