“What is good writing?” — Love at first paragraph
Being a college student and an aspiring avid reader at the same time is a battle I constantly struggle with. I spend my days actively avoiding any bestsellers list in hopes of saving my meager pocket.
I take the same frugal approach with my time when it comes to sifting through the myriad of all forms of writing that the internet provides users on a daily basis. Because of these two areas of cautiousness, I find myself lending my attention only to writings and stories that are deemed “good”.
Which begs the question, what is good writing?
I suppose, superficially, good writing can be ranked by the number of hits on a post or the amount of stars given in a book review, but what below the surface makes a certain piece deserving of the praise, “good”?
Sure, author credibility has some say in what is considered “good” these days. John Green, popular American author of New York Times Bestseller “The Fault in Our Stars”, is to release his new book “Turtles All the Way Down” on October 10th, 2017, and based on the reception of his published novels to date, there is already anticipation and expectations for the novel to be a good read.
Looking beyond consumer reviews, you can start the list of “good writing” criteria with attributes like proper grammar and varying sentence structure, then add compelling language and clear, simple, writing. No matter what the writing is for, book, blog post, or article, a piece should be purposeful, understandable, and compelling.
But in all my years of constant weeding through novels to find writing gems, I’ve come to learn that for work to be “good”, beyond these things, it must resonate.
Beyond just the skillful gathering of words a piece of writing must be impacting, moving, encapsulating.
No, word such as these are not restricted to describing romance novels of dramatic tear-jerkers, but surely any type of writing in which the author places himself/herself honestly and wholeheartedly can evoke these strong feelings, and earn their writing the privilege of being called “good”.
And I would not regret any time or money spent on good writing.