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When does less mean more?


Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway


– Ernest Hemingway 

Famed author Ernest Hemingway was known for prose that was spare, but rich with meaning, mood and innuendo.

What is meant by his observation here? And how can it be useful in your own writing? 

Has your prose provided a firm enough foundation for your narrative to fly? Or is it mired in lots of fancy, but no real flair?

Consider rewriting a paragraph or even an entire chapter in your current work where less conveys more.

Kerri S. Mabee is managing editor of Word: Home of the Educated Writer. Learn more about her at



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