Monday, November 29, 2010

Writing Quote of the Day - Nov 29

In writing, don't use adjectives which merely tell us how you want us to feel about the things you are describing. I mean, instead of telling us the thing is '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?'
C. S. Lewis


Turretinfan said...

That is my favorite quotation as to how to write. It's true, but terribly difficult to implement. It's much easier to be a slacker.