Now that we decided to blog away our thoughts and ideas to the world, creating captivating and readable content without being a bona fide writer could be a painful process.
Welcome to the blogging wagon!
In my last article, I mentioned that writing a blog post is not like writing a school paper. It demands a certain form and style so that our readers get the flux of information we want to convey.
Therefore, even if we are truly inspired to create a masterpiece for them, at the end of the day there’s always that dreaded feeling of uncertainty that surrounds us when writing down our post.
Why is that?
Let’s face it my lovelies, even if we write with all our heart, some of us ARE NOT Ernest Hemingway.
I learned that, too.
Albeit our best effort in mind, there’s always that Je ne sais quoi in the final draft that makes us doubt ourselves towards the whole thing. How many times have we rewritten one or two thousands words just because?
Welcome to the club, baby!
Here’s a secret: we are not the first ones.
There’s one person who had the same experience a little over 50 years ago, an icon of modern literature. He paved the way for us bloggers to adapt our writing style in this time of tablets and smartphones.
Can you guess today’s guest?
Let’s welcome Mr. Ernest Hemingway. We may not write like him but we can adopt these great tips he shared with us into our modern writing.
Ernest Hemingway, whose books are considered a worldwide treasure in this modern era, left some footprints on the art of writing. He gave us vital advice on how to increase our creativity and inspiration to find our writing voice.
A hundred years ago, people were captivated by large, black headers announcing something relevant on newspapers. Nowadays, social media has taken over and people spent less time reading the news or a blog post.
That’s why we sometimes despair when we don’t get any kind of engagement at all; thus, we ask ourselves what we are doing wrong. But, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. Today, I want to share my humble opinion on how to adapt what this genius of the literature showed us regarding the subject of writing.
Larry W. Philips wrote an assemblage of reflections on the nature of writing. Inspired by one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, he shared insights about Hemingway’s way of thinking and this is how I interpret what he tried to convey:
To Get Started, Write One True Sentence.
– Ernest Hemingway
In his book, A Moveable Feast, Hemingway said that writer’s block was a temporary phase. He explained that if this happened, you should write at least one truthful phrase a day and begin from there.
With this statement, I think that he tried to tell us to be loyal to our values and to always write with our heart. When I read this quote, I reflected on the fact that he wanted us to be honest and devoted to our cause. In our blogging world, this would mean that being transparent and sincere is pivotal because the content that we share with our niche may be of high importance for them.
For example, we can have a lifestyle blog where we write about nutrition or recipes. To give it an added value, we can add our own opinion at the end to give the post a unique trait.
It Is Important To Re-Read After We Wrote Our Content
– Ernest Hemingway
This is important.
By this, he meant for us to reflect on what we wrote before sharing it with the world. One of the main reasons he emphasizes this is so we can double check the quality of our content and our writing style. Moreover, he insisted on reviewing our grammar and structure so that our post is coherent.
To help us with this, last year I found Grammarly, which is a website that helps you correct the mistakes that we oversee when writing a blog post. Once you open a free account, add a new document, paste your text, and click check. That’s all.
– Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway, who was indifferent to writers who did not know how to say no to a typewriter, put it this way: Be brief. When he says brief, as many specialists would indicate nowadays, he means for us to be concise.
Writing 3,000 words of unappealing content, may not be the best way to attract a loyal audience to your niche. Why not write 500 to 1000 words with supported and consistent content to make everyone happy?
Fewer words don’t mean unreliable content. Perhaps you have a travel or a photography blog and thus, you do not need to write a long-length novel to tell us about your adventures.
Let’s free up our imagination and see where our writing takes us!
I think that Ernest Hemingway was spot on when he shared with us these gems. To sum up, he advised us to free our creativity and to write with our heart. Don’t despair if you do not get engagement after you post something right away, your audience will discover you, love you and stay with you for a very long time.
I hope you liked this post, I’d love to read your comments and thoughts about this topic!
Ps. Dear Ernest Hemingway if you are out there: Thank you for inspiring me.
Ps2. This is the revised version of my old blog post.