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letters from famous authors

A Collection of Brilliant and Inspiring Letters From Famous Authors to Their Young Fans

What really matters is:–

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.”

~C.S. Lewis

“I must write a special letter and thank you for the dream in the bottle. You are the first person in the world who has sent me one of these and it intrigued me very much. I also liked the dream. Tonight I shall go down to the village and blow it through the bedroom window of some sleeping child and see if it works.”

~Roald Dahl

uncharacteristic.

I’m about to go to a party (what???).

A “highlighter party”, where you wear white and there’s a blacklight and you splatter highlighter.

There will probably be people drinking and being ridiculous.

I shan’t be one of them.

This is how I will look:

Or possibly like this:

Dear heaven.

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My plan for using my highlighter if I see anyone passed out or something ISN’T to write meaningful quotes on their shirts or anything like that… No Shakespeare, or Bible verses or anything like that… No…. Psh…