C.S. Lewis is one of my favorite authors. Whether or not you agree with his spiritual beliefs, they're always thought-provoking. For example:
"A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest."
— C.S. Lewis
Lewis had a high opinion of what children could comprehend in a story, and the idea makes writing for children and young adults a weighty task. My favorite of his books is not widely known. Till We Have Faces is a retelling of the story of Cupid and Psyche. I guess you could say it's an early paranormal! But sharing the story from Psyche's sister's point of view makes it deep and compelling.
Here's a sampling of what Lewis has to say about writing:
This week, a friend sent me a link to 8 Writing Tips from C.S. Lewis. Reading through them, I wholeheartedly agree with each one. Check them out. You won't be sorry.
I also found a .Pdf file with quotes from Lewis on writing for the child-like.
And here's five tips on writing Lewis penned to a girl who asked his advice.
One of the tips Lewis gives is "write with the ear, not the eye". What do you think he means, and do you think it's true?