I’ve been reading a lot about Hemingway the last few weeks and I’m amazed how simple he kept his writing.
One of thing that I found out is Hemingway wrote to a flesch grade level scale between 4 and 6. I’m not sure that’s entirely true but I had to check it out—and have confirmed that Hemingway had his preference for two syllable words.
If you stick to short words your work will be much simpler to read. So it’s possible, even though the content is adult in its nature.
This is inspiring because it shows how simplicity might be better than being complicated.
Hemingway had the Iceberg theory as well. It’s another well know style to hold back. At the core The Iceberg Theory is another way he kept it simple. More on that in the future.
What do you think?