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What defines a good writer?

I believe the answer is nothing. Except the burning passion to write and continue to write no matter what. And that we constantly seek to improve yourselves as writing can never be a craft which someone is perfect at. Mastering it is in due time, but perfection is impossible.

#1 All Of Us Have Different Dreams Even As A writer

Some dream of writing a literary masterpiece acclaimed by the world, others want to simply tell the best stories for the characters they love. Some simply want to be famous or want their story heard as far as possible. This are all different dreams.

Hence, it is pointless to assume that writers should have the same benchmark to mark them against. As we all have different wishes and dreams and especially in writing it will be different. So, I believe that almost nothing defines a good writer, except that they are driven, working hard and constantly seeking improvement.

#2 Writers need not be good at all sorts of things

Some writers jump genres even when it is not encouraged. Many write in the same genre over and over, building their name. We know Stephen King is the King of Horror, Agatha Christine became famous due to her mystery novels which is best-selling even till today.

There is almost nothing which says that a writer must be good at one aspect to be famous. Some write novels better, others are skilled at short stories. While some heavily prefer micro fiction or flash fiction. And some like me realize their ideas to be mostly serials.

Hence, it is difficult to say that a writer must be good at a particular aspect to be considered a good writer. Some are better at longer works, others are better at shorter works.

#3 We All Have A Unique Style

We all have a different style and voice when we are a writer and we are told to hone it. It is what makes us stand out amongst all of the others. And that it is how we leave our mark. Ideas are easily replicated as nothing ever has been so, what we do is either use our thoughts of the same premise, the same setting. Or how we use words to express ourselves.

And as such, some writers do better with longer words. Making it seem as though it has presence, it makes sense. Some writers are straight to the point and concise. So, you can say that there really is no benchmark as to what defines is a good writer. Other than passion of course.

So, I believe nothing defines a good writer apart from the fact that they are passionate and have the determination to struggle. What do you think makes a good writer? I will like to hear from you below?

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6 thoughts on “What defines a good writer?

  1. I think the idea that “writers don’t have to be good any everything” is really important and extends beyond just writing tasks. A lot of writers out there try to do it all, writing books, blogging, covers, webdesign, marketing. Part of that is the curse of self-publishing. But in the end, the old adage holds true “a jack of all trades is master of none.” I, myself, am not a designer. I’ve done alright with my website and Facebook banners, but I don’t think I’m good enough to make covers. They are too important. So one must be willing to know their limits and get someone else to take over where they lack. I pay artists to make my covers, or get a publisher to pay, because they are too important for me to gamble on my own skills. Plus, that allows me more time to do what I do best, writing. Another great post! 😀

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    1. Yes, that is true. I have given up on trying to make covers as well. It is something that I’m not very good at all. And that I know my various limits and what I can do as well. Thanks by the way.

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    2. Here’s one view. If you write, write. If you like to write, then write all that you want. If your point is to make a lot of money, then you’ll have to meet the requirements of the market, perhaps creating your own pocket or corner of the market with something new, and representation can help. I have written a book, and though have had feedback from a couple of agents, it’s not quite what they want, and they’re the ones who would represent. Possibly, through discussions with others, blogging, writing commentaries to papers and such, this can demonstrate a marketplace. It’s all a matter of what your own goals are in the writing. However, if you’re just writing your own thoughts to write your own thoughts, then the market no longer is integral.

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  2. In my youth, I struggled to write essays that would garner good grades. In college, I did better, but I believe my professors were viewing my work by their own standards, perhaps standards that were passed onto them, accepted perhaps by the institution, and this makes sense to some degree. After all, if I’m teaching, and tell the students my criteria, I will grade them based upon their ability to listen and follow directions. However, this is why I also grade “freewrites,” where they can compose something as they wish. However, yes, I’m still grading, but I explain to them, even if they don’t get the “A” they were hoping for, that they shouldn’t stop writing as they see during those freewrites. I have changed some grades for the better when they were able to explain their perspective, perhaps reading their work in front of the class. When students were able to share how they saw the writing, then I realized something was happening outside my own experiences, which then sometimes garnered the A.
    Personally, good writing is going to be subjective. The teacher will have her/his views, partially by experiences. The market will determine what is received. But that does not necessarily mean what is not accepted is bad writing per se. We have heard of novels and other writings not accepted at the time of their inception, but later, perhaps decades, being touted and sold en mass. If you’re writing to express your views, perhaps you might need some help or time seeing other writings, but it could also mean how you’re expressing yourself is simply not accepted or appreciated, but is that the purpose for which you wrote what you wrote?

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    1. That’s a pretty thoughtful comment. Certainly, I write more for myself now. Even as I wrote this post all the way back in 2017. And yes I do agree that not all people would appreciate. And writing is very very subjective, which is why it is what for writers to learn to find their own style and voice which they are comfortable in. Which pushes them to be the best they are.

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