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…

On finding blog topics…

On starting…

On the writing process…

On why heightened language and keyword stuffing blows…

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

Try the Rule of 24.

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

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

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

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

And if all else fails…

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

Alyssa is a promo expert with over four years of experience in the industry. She is the Lead Copywriter at Quality Logo Products and has had work published for the Promotional Products Association International and the Advertising Specialty Institute.