I was once sent to a business writing course with a bunch of other colleagues. It was alright but more or less felt like a mental vasectomy. It was about something called "business writing." Now being processional and courteous is all well and good. But this course just seemed to find ways to such the soul out of every word we used. Not such a good thing when you're in the inspiration business. So, with my new mission in mind, it was a treat to come across this gem over on Copyblogger on Hemingway's four tips (five kind if you follow the link) for writing.
- Use short sentences
- Use short first paragraphs
- Use vigorous English.
- Be positive, not negative
Simple points, but hard practice.
And, to add to the list was Copyblogger's 5th tip
“I write one page of masterpiece to ninety one pages of shit,” Hemingway confided to F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1934. “I try to put the shit in the wastebasket.”