Quality Writing Isn’t Real

At least, not for most of us.

Joel Sigrist
JoelsBlog

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Is it better to write for quantity or for quality? This is a big question, and there are answers all over.

Frankly, it’s not a real question. “Quality” is subjective. It always has been. Good writing is writing that people can relate to.

But if it’s written from your life or from experience, aren’t there people that will relate to it?

And if it’s fiction, not grounded in reality, doesn’t that mean people won’t relate to it?

Clearly not.

Instead, good writing is work that people relate to and is seen by those people. All writing can be related to, assuming it has any sort of narrative, is written by a human, and is something a writer meant.

So if it clears those low bars, what makes it good?

Some good writing is “good” because of the person who wrote it.

Ryan Holiday’s brand will sell his next article, even if it’s sub-par for him.

Tim Ferriss will get more readers on his worst article than I will on my best.

Barack Obama could write a 150-word piece about his breakfast, and it would get more views than anything I’ve ever touched.

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Joel Sigrist
JoelsBlog

Consistent writer since a few weeks ago. Not all published stories are good ones, but that’s getting better. In some cool pubs, too.