Revisiting Hemingway for a Lesson in Show/Don’t Tell

When I went searching for Hemingway’s fabled Two-Hearted River in 1994, there was only one paved road in all of Luce County, Michigan. My poor little Honda bounced along rutted dirt at 15 mph, with huge pickups blazing past, their drivers wondering what the hell a little white sedan was doing up in that country. […]

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From Papa Hemingway to ’80s Pop: Get Specific in Your Writing

I remember reading The Sun Also Rises in high school and wondering why Hemingway insisted on taking readers on an intricate, ┬áturn-by-turn journey through the streets of Paris, literally naming every Rue and Place and Cafe along the way. (And wouldn’t it be awesome, by the way, to have Papa’s voice on GPS, offering directions […]

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A Lesson From Hemingway on Writing

When you think about Hemingway’s writing style, certain things come to mind. Spartan prose, free of excess modifiers. Short, choppy sentences. A distinct masculine bent. For me, Hemingway is about honesty. One idea that has influenced my writing more than any other is this one from Papa himself: “All you have to do is write […]

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