Today’s quote comes from C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia. I’ve been a big Lewis fan since I first read the Narnia books, and recently, I’ve been reading some of his other books like Till We Have Faces and Out of the Silent Planet. I found this quote in a letter he had written to a child who had written to him.
“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.” – C.S. Lewis
If you’d like to read the whole letter that C.S. Lewis sent, you can find it here: http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/04/c-s-lewis-on-writing.html