Write Like a Human
All ideas have consequences; and the best ones grow up to be fruitful benefactors to society.
What many may not realize, however, is there is much labor and grief involved in bringing a good idea into the cold, cruel world.
It starts as a thought conceived in the mind. After a while, it starts to take on some identifiable contours. That’s when the real work begins: penning thoughts to paper, changing syntax, arranging and rearranging details, employing editors, designers, and printers.
Finally, after an arduous but satisfying gestation period, the little tyke is ready to be delivered, all wrapped up in a nice little cover.
But even after all that work, veteran writers realize most will never care much for their paper-baby; and among those who do, few will love it as much as they do.
Still we writers pray a good sum will fall in love with the project—not just for its cute little pages and cover, but because they imagine the paper-bound idea all grown up, making its way in the world—and want to play an active part in its rearing.
That’s why I’m giving away “Write Like a Human,” a chapter from my new book, The Poiema Manifesto: Discover Your Significance, Create Meaningful Art, and Make a Difference That Actually Matters, due to be released around October 1st.
In this chapter I’m giving you, I explore what I believe to be the most significant reason for C.S. Lewis’s success as a writer. But don’t be mistaken. This is not a message for writers alone. It’s message for humans.
It will bless anyone who cares about their own human experience, and offer a glimpse inside the heart of the larger project the same way an ultrasound reveals an incomplete but helpful image of a baby growing in its mother’s womb.
About Scott Postma
Scott lives in North Idaho collecting more books than he'll ever read in a lifetime. He shares valuable tips on writing and teaching, rich insights into theology and literature, and meaningful perspective on living a life of significance. You can subscribe to the tribe and follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus.