“What is Good Writing?”

Reading has become more and more neglected as technology has advanced, especially because of certain medias such as videos and audio that provide more of a convenient platform of learning for people. It is for these reasons that writers must be able to catch their audience’s attention, and keep it from the introduction to the conclusion. I believe Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein define good writing best in their book “They Say, I Say” by stating, “To make an impact as a writer, you need to do more than make statements that are logical, well supported, and consistent. You must also find a way of entering a conversation with others’ views — with something ‘they say’.”

It is important for a writer to always keep in mind his/her audience to whom he/she is entering into a conversation with. Knowing one’s audience helps to determine the strategy one will take, and the view one will hold all throughout their writing. In addition to keeping in mind a writer’s participation in an important conversation, the approach a writer uses is just as vital to the well-being of their writing.

Language, punctuation, grammar, etc. are all ways for a writer to make a good, welcoming impression on his/her readers. By practicing, then hopefully mastering these techniques, writing evolves into a clearer, more concise, and coherent piece of work that is then able to be enjoyed with ease by its readers.

Finally, good writing includes thoughtful composition that provokes the thoughts of the reader, causing them to think from a different angle and from a deeper depth than they would otherwise. Also, good writing does not shy away from explicitly standing firm in a belief accompanied by explicitly stating a counter belief, helping a writer’s audience to think and decide for themselves where they would stand on a specific topic or situation.

Good writing, can and will change depending on the writer. After-all each writer has their own style, their own mission, passions, beliefs, etc. Therefore, being a critical thinker as a writer and reader is important, knowing one’s values, and pursuing excellence within the tone a writer presents his/her thoughts to his/her audience is ultimately what makes words come alive.

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