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11 Ernest Hemingway Quotes to Inspire Your Blogging and Writing

Even if you weren’t an English major in college there’s a good chance that you’ve heard of Ernest Hemingway. In fact, there’s a very good chance that you read one of his works in high school. The Old Man and the Sea, anyone?

If you haven’t read anything by him, you can pretty much grab his essence/writing style from this clip of Midnight in Paris:

Hemingway was a very prolific writer and journalist who won both a Pulitzer and Nobel Prize for his work. His sparse, clean, no-bullshit, prose definitely influenced literary trends of 20th century fiction.

In fact, as more blogs strive to cut through the fluff and report what matters, Hemingway’s crisp style could certainly influence our own work. He lived and wrote during a very different time period, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t provide a little insight into our own writing, blogging, and content marketing efforts. (Though not social networking. I don’t think he’d be a fan of social media).

So without further ado, here are 11 Hemingway quotes to remember while you write.

On article tone…

good-conversation

On finding blog topics…

listen-completely

On starting…

there-is-nothing-to-writing

On the writing process…

no-rule-on-how-to-write

On why heightened language and keyword stuffing blows…

put-down-on-paper

On why you shouldn’t publish the first thing you write…

first-draft-of-anything

Try the Rule of 24.

On writing a new post when the last one only got 2 tweets…

work-every-day

On writing a new post after the last one got 900 tweets…

simply-write-the-best-i-can

On news-jacking when it’s completely outside of your niche…

shit-detector

On the phrases “guru,” “ROI,” “SEO,” or “go viral”…

loose-using-words

And if all else fails…

write-drunk-edit-sober

All quotes were found on Brainy Quote and Goodreads. Picture of Ernest Hemingway is from Wikimedia Commons.