Reading Dr. Allen Josephs’ book On Hemingway and Spain: Essays and Reviews 1970-2013, I came across a great little nugget of information that Josephs has observed about how Hemingway wrote. These were 5 keys to Hemingway’s method:
1) inventing from experience
4)making the reader feel it
5)secretly writing poetry
I try to remember these things when I write. Not because I want to emulate Hemingway’s writing, but I want to learn from it. For instance, the omitting part. There are often times when I writer writes too much. I think one reason could be because some writers, especially new writers, tend to focus on word count. Nothing can big down a good story like too many words.
There are so many great essays about Hemingway in this collection, but this one I tend to return to more than the others.
If you check it out, I’d love to hear your thoughts.