Reading “The Art of Writing and the Gifts of Writers”


I chose to listen to this book because I like the “The Screwtape Letters” by C. S. Lewis very much. I like to know what he has to say about writing and writers. However I haven’t got any useful tips for my own problems in writing. I guess everybody has his own problem and he is only addressing what he knows. It also describes a lot about children’s books, his own science fiction books, and Tolkien, all of which I haven’t read or even have a remote idea what they are. My own problem with writing is difficult to define and difficult to express. I think the main problem is that when I imagine something great, but once typed up, it is far from the desired effect. Like a film director with a lot of ideas, but once the scenes are shot and everything is complete, she reviews the tape and finds it far worse than she expected it to be. Also how to have a great plot without making it feel like contrived? How to incorporate those little flash of ideas in my mind and in my notebooks to the stories I am working on?
There is a part in the book, in which the author talks about reading a book several times before it can sink in. That is very true. The problem is I read really slow and if I read fast, I will lost my pleasure in reading. I guess I’m a sloth kind of person and can only enjoy the pace of a sloth.

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