You may want to do some theological fencing with him, but Douglas Wilson is an excellent writer–the best in the Evangelical world, in my view. I just picked up his newest book, Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life. The book offers seven major suggestions for writers:
1. Know something about the world.
3. Read mechanical helps.
4. Stretch before your routines.
5. Be at peace with being lousy for a while.
6. Learn other languages.
7. Keep a commonplace book.
Here’s an excerpt. It’s one of my favorites:
If you “write by rule” only, then, as Quintilian once put it, you will come up with something that is equally free of both vice and virtue, like a verbal tapioca pudding made with skim milk. Our world already has too much verbiage in it that comes off like it was written by a committee or a computer–or maybe a committee of computers.
If you’re a writer or an aspiring writer, then drop whatever you’re doing and go buy this book–right now.