Thursday, April 19, 2007

So much further on...

Another one from Lewis...

"What you want is practice, practice, practice. It doesn't matter what we write (at least this is my view) at our age, so long as we write continually as well as we can. I feel that every time I write a page either of prose or of verse, with real effort, even if it's thrown into the fire the next minute, I am so much further on."

~~C.S. Lewis, Letters of C.S. Lewis to Arthur Greeves

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Blogger Jim Thompson said...

I can see I need to read some of Lewis' letters. If Lewis were to send an e-mail or I.M., he would likely labor over each word just as he did in writing his novels. That love of words and refusal to compromise the language is what defines a writer.

To say a writer is one who writes would be just as inaccurate as saying a speaker is one who speaks or a walker is one who walks. To identify oneself with an activity places that activity on a whole different plain in the person's life. The activity becomes a goal in itself, rather than simply the means to an end.

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