Sunday, June 27, 2010

"Write with the ear"

Responding to a request from an American schoolgirl, C.S. Lewis offered these eight rules for good writing:
  1. Turn off the radio.
  2. Read good books and avoid most magazines.
  3. Write with the ear, not the eye. Make every sentence sound good.
  4. Write only about things that interest you. If you have no interests, you won’t ever be a writer.
  5. Be clear. Remember that readers can’t know your mind. Don’t forget to tell them exactly what they need to know to understand you.
  6. Save odds and ends of writing attempts, because you may be able to use them later.
  7. You need a well-trained sense of word-rhythm, and the noise of a typewriter will interfere.
  8. Know the meaning of every word you use.
Thanks to Kevin Butler at SDB Exec for the reference.

8 Writing Tips from C.S. Lewis- ChristianWritingToday.com