9.21.2013,11:56 AM
What is 'good' writing?

Good writing is clear. Talented writing is energetic. Good writing avoids errors. Talented writing makes things happen in the reader’s mind — vividly, forcefully — that good writing, which stops with clarity and logic, doesn’t. - Samuel Delany
This is one reason why I support and encourage self-publishing. Most publishers and even many editors will dictate a writer to write within small boxes:
  • "Write for your audience."
  • "Stick to the grammar rules!"
  • "This is too vague."
  • "Don't use the first-person narrative."
  • "Never, never mix point-of-views and narrators!!!"
  • "You can't start a sentence with a conjunction."
Bah! Think and write outside the box! Free yourself!

"But 'good writing' might, after all, be the wrong ideal to aim for."
- excerpted from a wonderful essay, "Good Writing vs. Talented Writing", on BrainPickings website.

by Samuel Delany. 


posted by Macrobe
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