Ernest Hemingway Created Twitter


“Those were the best rules I ever learned for the business of writing. I’ve never forgotten them. No man with any talent, who feels and writes truly about the thing he is trying to say, can fail to write well if he abides with them.” Ernest Hemingway

Okay, so Twitter was before Ernest Hemingway’s time. But you have to admit, he knew how to write a tweet. 

The author’s tight writing would surely have fit the character count, and his choice of words, worthy of a retweet.

Here are writing tips handed to him when he was a reporter at the Kansas City Star.

1. Use short sentences.

2. Use short first paragraphs.

3. Use vigorous English.

4. Be positive, not negative.

WRite wHere I’m supposed to be – Twitter is still a mystery, but maybe if I follow the same rules as Hemingway, Twitter and I will get along better.


4 responses »

  1. Your blogs and writing certainly do adhere to the Ernest Hemingway memo,guidelines, and examples. I’m still bad in grammar, flunked commas, and wonder how you and Anjana don’t call me out more for my writing blunders. However, the great tips and inspirtion from your blogs, and the affiliation with good friends in Social Media may help that improve.

    • Ha, Joel. I won’t be calling you out on anything. I depend on Anjana to keep me straight. I’d love to adhere to Hemingway … he’s certainly an inspiration through his writing. Thanks!

  2. As soon as I saw Hemingway’s name, I knew I had to read this article. As an English major in college, I was required to read a Hemingway novel for a class. His writing stye not only grabbed my attention, but has kept it for all these years. Thanks for listing his pertinent writing tips. I’ll tape them on my PC!!!

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