What is good writing?

What is good writing? To answer this question let’s take a look at aspects of this article to see how the author used various writing components such as evidence and voice to form a well-structured and purposeful piece.

Throughout this article the author, Matt Walsh, used evidence to support the various, bold claims he made. He did so by providing links in the text which made it easy for the reader to verify the evidence by simply clicking on the link. Additionally, he guides his readers through other claims he makes by using logic arguments.

A big part of Matt’s writing, in this piece and others, is his bold, sometimes harsh voice. Although some readers might find his language condemning and offensive, Matt is consistent in his use of sarcasm and blunt words to maintain a purposeful tone. Maintaining this voice is what adds another dimension to the article that helps the reader better understand the author’s intent.

The evidence and explanations that Matt provides is what allows him to make various claims that form the structure and point of his article. In order to proceed from one claim to the next he needs to make a claim, give evidence, and then an explanation of how the evidence supports his claim. Matt consistently does this on all of his points and thus his article flows well which makes it easy for readers to follow his train of thought.

Lastly, Matt strategically uses his writer’s voice to chastise and encourage the angry, young student he is responding to. Whether you disagree with his brash style or not, the style he speaks in is what allows readers to understand his piece on a whole new level. This element as well his consistent use of evidence is what makes this article an example of good writing, in my opinion.

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