Hemingway’s Way


My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.

Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over. Ernest Hemingway

Writing tight, concise prose is difficult, no matter what age group we write for or what genre. I stumbled across an article concerning this and tried the app mentioned. The creators of the app wanted to help writers realize when their writing was too dense. I got some interesting results when I pasted a few paragraphs of my own writing into the app. As for this blog post? It got a grade 5 readability. One of fourteen sentences was hard to read. The post contained one adverb and two phrases in need of simpler alternatives.

Using this app might be helpful if someone wants a quick look at how their prose is coming along. Or if you just need to do a little procrastinating. Keep in mind, though, it’s just an exercise.

Interestingly, Hemingway’s own writing didn’t fair so well.

Happy writing!



A Truth About Books

I love this quote by Katherine Paterson:

“The wonderful thing about books is that they allow us to enter imaginatively into someone else’s life. And when we do that, we learn to sympathize with other people. But the real surprise is that we also learn truths about ourselves, about our own lives, that somehow we hadn’t been able to see before.”

So true!!

Thursday Thoughts

“It is better to travel with hope in one’s heart than to arrive in safety.”    Tree and Sky

What an interesting quote.  It’s from a wonderful debut novel I’m reading called The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (which I will blog more about later), and appears to be a derivation of the Robert Louis Stevenson quote, “Little do you know your own blessedness; for to travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour.” 

Sort of like saying, ” The journey is the reward.”

Something we’ve all heard before, but still, something we should all think about.

Saturday Stuff

QUOTE FOR THE DAY:  “A story should contain at least one belly laugh, one honest tear, and one gasp.” – Bruce Coville 2004


Stephanie Ruble posted this quote on her blog about writing a novel in 14 weeks:  http://sruble.blogspot.com/2009/03/novel-in-14-weeks-part-one-ideas.html 


Check it out for some great ideas and inspiration.