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When Ernest Hemingway was a cub reporter for the Kansas City Star, he learned four simple rules for writing well:

             1. Use short sentences.

            2. Use short first paragraphs.

            3. Use vigorous language.

            4. Be positive, not negative.

“Those were the best rules I ever learned for the business of writing,” Hemingway later declared. “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.” (more…)

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