Lindsay Lewis

English/ ESL consultant: Word worker, writer, teacher, mentor and poet. Author of This Won’t Hurt a Bit! on writing clear content.

Terence Young Reviews my book- Five Stars!

Most people who progress through an education system will adopt along the way a few handy tools to help them succeed. For students of English, such tools are many: Strunk on style, a dictionary of literary terms, a guide to rhetorical strategies, the OED. A recent addition to this arsenal of handy reference books is Lindsay C. Lewis’s slim volume, This  Writing Won’t Hurt a Bit. In a refreshingly humorous and whimsical series of chapters, Lewis addresses many of the pitfalls of weak writing: lack of precision, the abuse of demonstrative pronouns, redundant language and illogical constructions. She also provides sensible advice to help address the task of writing a critical essay, both for school and for such daunting challenges as the S.A.T exam. For teachers to expect adolescents to research The Chicago Manual of Style or to be familiar with such obscure aspects of composition as the case of complements that follow copula verbs is not only unrealistic, but also possibly cruel. We can, however, equip them with practical and useful resources such as Ms. Lewis’s guide to successful writing and, in doing so, make our own lives infinitely more enjoyable.