What would be your examples of good writing? BTW, I wasn't really sure what folder this topic belonged under. Such an interesting question! First of all, well-written requires good sentence construction. Now that will be a surprise to those here who know me. Vocabulary and a variety of sentence structure makes a book just that more interesting. In addition to sentence construction, must come imagery. Character development is a requirement for me to consider a book well-written.
I'm sure there must be an exception to that, but right this minute I can't think of one. I am not opposed to plot, but neither is it necessary. I might read a plot-driven novel for brain candy, but it's extremely unlikely that I will describe it as well-written on that feature alone. This is such an interesting topic! I think that all of the things you have said are very important, particularly language and character. I think that the best indicator of good writing is if it touches us in some way.
We might relate to something an author has written or we might be able to completely put ourselves in the shoes of the hero or heroine: But perhaps we are only able to be touched when a writer has done all the things you have said developed a character well, organized the plot well etc. Beth -- I disagree with you on your last point.
I don't think that a writer has to develop a character well, organize the plot, or write good sentences to touch us. I've been very touched on a strong emotional level by people that were not good writers. I think that is a function of how much you relate to what the author is writing about. For instance, if you've suffered post-partum depression, and an author writes on that topic, then you might be able to completely relate and be very moved. For me, I would absolutely appreciate the effect the writer has, but I wouldn't necessarily call it "good writing".
But hey, maybe you and others think what's the point of good sentences if it doesn't emotionally move me? I think my main factors would be sentence structure, word use, and plot structure. Scenes should have a purpose, whether it is to advance the plot or develop the character. The language should create imagery and mood without bogging down the story. What a great question, Tera! And what good answers! For me, good quality writing is exhibited when the author employs a creative use of vocabulary and puntuation, creates well-developed and multi-dimensional characters, moves the plot along in such a way as to create a flow that easily draws the reader in, is very intelligent and logical I don't like to be able to think of alternate explanations for scenarios that haven't been accounted for by the author , and offers a hint of the author's personality, like writing in a way that expresses humour subtley sp?
That is a basic requirement. I read some books and think how did this person ever become an author? If you can't form sentences together than you shouldn't be writing. Good writing is how the author tells the story and having creativity.
I am not a good writer. I am a good storyteller. May 20, Good writing versus good story. I think popular fiction, for the most part, is just a good story. Dear Elizabeth in Alaska You have excellent taste in writers!
I have four novels published in print and one in ebooks, so I know a little about writing. I used to think excellent writing was all about grammar, but some great writers are bad grammaticians. Now I think great writing is a book or story that makes us laugh or cry, that somehow changes the way we think, and maybe even the way we love.
In short, it changes our lives. Such a novel is one I just finished. Its written by a man, a surgeon, but with a woman's sensitivity and delicacy. I recommend it to every reader on this earth. A great novel about love and loss and searching, betrayal and the fragility of the human body and its mind. Everyone who has read it falls into each other's arms, saying "What about that scene, and this scene, and how many times did you cry? And did it change the meaning of love for you? I think I shall have to read it all over again.
But you will not want it to end! May 21, What a great discussion! And Kiana, you don't have to convince us! Chicks did Cutting for Stone as a group read last July. The old discussions can still be accessed.
Sad to say I didn't get to it at that time and read it this winter, but it is indeed a beautiful book. People do offten pull up archived chats and revive them! There's some definite fans here! I will have agree with Elizabeth, characterizations matter more to me than plot. And agree with Viola and Tera's comments - the idea that good story is not necessarily good writing.
I think sometimes we equate story with an engrossing, twisted or action packed plot, when story can be the deep nuances of a character and what got them there. Viola - totally agree that something that touches me emotionally doesn't necessarily mean quality composition. From a mechanics standpoint certainly good writing involves well structured grammar, creative use of vocabulary and languarge, effective imagery. Althought I prefer something not so detailed, but writing that leads my imagination to its own place.
I think I have grown as a reader because I have finally stopped confining myself to books that are only in my life experience, with characters I would like or relate to. Some of my richest reading in the last few years have been characters I didn't necessarily like and couldn't relate to, but the glimpse into their souls has expanded my understanding of humanity.
Tera - I had to chuckle - great examples examples of Lolita and Twilight. I'm with you there. I just joined Goodreads few months ago, so am behind the times.
And you're right, we have to be open-minded and cross genres in our reading. Also, ditto on characterization being more important than plot. Anyone can makeup a plot.
But to go deep into someone's motives and character is an art. Its a techno-horror book and chilling. Gorgeous, a little gem of a book, and a love-story too! Of course Kiana - no apologies necessary! Welcome and make yourself at home! Goodreads is such a great place and once you've navigated around and gotten to know people you will discover how very much is here and how many great functions this website has!
My something English major daughter and I have read them all and seen the movies! We won't be total book snobs! LOL One of those silly guilty pleasures. And read The Elegance of the Hedgehog as well. I enjoy the what-have-you-finished and what-are-you-reading type threads so much, aside from just lurking through people's bookshelves and the compare function.
I get some great great ideas! May 23, Each paragraph should have a clear main point or topic sentence. The idea of each paragraph should be explained and illustrated through examples, details, and descriptions. Each paragraph should stick to its main point. In other words, everything in the writing should make sense to a reader. Document Actions Print this.
Rockowitz Writing Center website feedback: An essay should have a single clear central idea. Each paragraph should support or expand the central idea of the paper. Every paragraph in an essay should be related to the main idea. An essay or paper should be organized logically, flow smoothly, and "stick" together.
A paper should be written in generally correct standard English, with complete sentences, and be relatively error-free.
But if we look more closely at the elements of the act of writing, the definition comes to life. The following paragraphs might prompt your thinking about how writing happens for your students and for you.
Good writing uses just the right words to say just the right things. Sentence Fluency that is smooth and expressive. Fluent sentences are easy to understand and fun to read with expression.
Jul 20, · Good writing such a difficult concept to define it's kinda like pornography, "you know it when you see it". Funny thing, one person's pornography is another person's art(ie, statue of justice covered by John Ashcroft in ). Defining good writing is almost as difficult as defining pornography. One is tempted to paraphrase Justice Stewart and say, "I can't define it, but I know it when I read it.".
Good writing starts with the knowledge that the writer is him or herself confident about what they have written, whatever the topic or genre. You are drawn in within the first line, paragraph, or page. Good academic writing, no matter the discipline, field, or genre, is characterized by: Starting with Good Ideas. Writers should first be concerned with their ideas and translating these ideas into readable prose for their intended audience. Citation helps to define a specific context of knowledge or problem to which the current work is a.