How to write good – T.Payne | How to write good.

writing-1This is a fine summary article by Tony Payne on writing well, especially as Christians, for whom serving our King means doing things to the best of our ability – for His glory. This piece was posted Jan.8, 2015 on the website (a new one for me).

There were some good points I needed to hear and be reminded of. I especially appreciated this connection between reading and good writing. Can this be said often enough? 🙂 For the entire post, visit the link below.

Those who write, or who aspire to write, please read these eight (8) points – you will be better because of it.

8. Read, read, read

It’s hard to be a good writer without being a frequent reader. I can’t put it any better than the American novelist, William Faulkner:

Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.

If you want to read a good book about writing, there are many to choose from. I’d recommend Kathryn Lindskoog’s Creative Writing (Zondervan, 1989). It’s written from a Christian perspective, and has a fascinating appendix of C.S. Lewis’s thoughts on writing. The following short poem is taken from Lindskoog’s book:

The written word

Should be as clean as a bone,

Clear as light,

Firm as stone.

Two words are not

as good as one.

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