5 writing rules from C.S. Lewis

It’s great to return to the BMU.  I have missed reading y’alls stuff and posting mine.

Hope you like the post today. These rules are tried and true for any writer who wants to write better.  Enjoy . . .

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”  Ernest Hemingway

I found a wonderful website for any and all things writing. It’s called the Writing Cooperative

According to their website, their editors say the cooperative is, “A community of people who help each other write better. To submit, contact Editors @ WritingCooperative.com”

Today’s Write On Target post comes from the cooperative and a post written by Nicole Bianchi called 5 writing rules from C.S. Lewis Click here to visit her website.

Now I know many of us aspire to become great writers or novelists and rake in lots of moo-la. These rules can help you write better.  And for us regular folks Lewis’ rules can help us write better too.

Here are his 5 rules. See if they might work for you.

1. Always try to use the language so as to make quite clear what you mean and make sure your sentence couldn’t mean anything else.

2. Always prefer the plain direct word to the long, vague one. Don’t implement promises, but keep them.

3. Never use abstract nouns when concrete ones will do. If you mean “More people died” don’t say “Mortality rose.”

4. In writing. Don’t use adjectives which merely tell us how you want us to feel about the thing you are describing. I mean, instead of telling us a thing was “terrible,” describe it so that we’ll be terrified. Don’t say it was “delightful”; make us say “delightful” when we’ve read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers, “Please will you do my job for me.”

5. Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say “infinitely” when you mean “very”; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.

To find out more about Lewis and his writing, click here.

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