What is Good Writing?

When people think about writing, they never really think about what makes it good writing, which is definitely an element of writing that needs to be discussed. So let’s take a closer look at what makes writing “good writing.”

Good writing comes with experience. A person cannot just write, let’s say, an article or a blog for the first time and expect it to be on the front page of the New York Times. A person must gain experience by writing often and learning more about their writing.

A writer from UNC-Chapel Hill claims that “writing is a response.” It is when the writer has something to say or respond to. For example, maybe there is a major crisis in a city, that is the point at which the writer will decide to “respond” through their writing.

Good writing comes about when the author has gathered a decent amount of knowledge on the subject he/she is writing about. Therefore, in order to efficiently develop a good article on a specific subject, the writer must learn about the topic, and then he/she will be able to write about the ins and outs of it.

Writing can only be considered good if the writer has put a great amount of thought and contemplation into what he/she is writing about. Rather than just begin their article and finish it in five minutes, the writer needs to research and write notes about the topic.

Finally, good writing is found when the author is truly passionate about what he/she is choosing to write about. There is something about the outcome of the article when it is written with a passion that makes the descriptions or images in the article “come alive” to the reader. If the writer does not have a love for the topic he/she is supposed to be writing about, then to the reader it may seem dull and not worth their time.

Alright, now that we have covered what good writing is, let’s go back to the fact that people need to talk about it more. People need to realize that not all writing is worth their time, and they need to be aware of what makes writing worth their while.