Sunday, October 16, 2011

Something I Believe...

I read and hear a lot about "good" writing. But the problem is that no one has ever come up with a set definition for good writing. And that's because it's all subjective. And it becomes even more subjective when you cross genres. Some people like cats, others like dogs. I love both.

I do believe you can spot inexperienced writing...too much dialogue, too many said bookisms, etc...but I wouldn't necessarily call that bad writing. And I've never seen a writer yet you didn't improve with time. Writing is like any other art form: the more you do the better it gets.

So the next time you hear someone tell you it's all about "good" writing, stand back and smile. Because you know you're listening to an idiot.


lauradeth said...

I don't believe there's good and bad writing but I do believe that there's inexperienced and experience and even then it can be hard to spot the difference.

ryan field said...

I agree. And there are also different writing styles. And not all readers love all writing styles.