What is good writing? 1/25 HW

The essence of good writing lies in the relationship between author and reader. If the reader cannot glean relatable or truthful bits from your writing, whether fiction or non, why should they continue to read? The connection between the author’s mind to that of a reader’s is made through the many combinations of the twenty-six letters of our alphabet.

To establish that connection, the author must put themselves in the reader’s place. The author should ask themselves repeatedly, “is the message inside my head coming out on paper the way I intended?” “Will the reader grasp the concepts I want them to?” Of course, in each individual reader there will be different interpretations, but the core of the author’s news piece, fictional story, or even poem should remain consistent across the board.

In the effort to convince the reader to continue turning the pages, the message of the author should be supported by evidence or data. This goes especially for non-fiction, objective news reports for the obvious reason of credibility. That does not mean that authors of fictional works can go without research or intensive detail to strengthen their stories. Strengthening the piece with factual evidence and/or research will at the very least assure the reader that the author can be trusted in their credibility.

Nothing is more frustrating than reading a piece that seems as if the author is dumbing down the content for you because he/she believes the layperson will not be able to comprehend their message. There is beauty in simplification because with that comes efficiency. The reader can get to the point without wading through run-on sentences and jargon. Yet, over-simplification can create an uncomfortable buffer between author and reader.

Good writing is connecting with the given audience. The writer should keep in mind who they’re speaking to when constructing the piece. According to whether the audience is general and broad such as that of a popular newspaper or the readers of a specialized magazine say for entrepreneurs, the author should base how they put their message into the correct context.

When it comes down to it, the author should have the reader in the forefront of their mind when writing. The reader should be the reason an author fact checks, researches, and rewrites their own pieces. In a sense, the reader is like a personal editor for the author; a force that urges the author to retain skepticism of their work and to repeatedly improve their writing for the sake of producing a successful, understandable piece for all to read.