What is good writing?

Of course good writing is more than spelling, grammar, subject-verb agreement and syntax.  Good writing tells a story.  A good story has a beginning, a middle and an end.  Good writing will normally find a protagonist who changes at the end of the story.  Good writing might have an antagonist.  Good writing for sure, has a plot and a setting.  You can look for a climax and a conflict.  There can be a theme or a message or even a lesson learned.  Good writing ultimately, makes the reader not want the story to end.  Good writing causes the reader to become part of the story.  Good writing causes the reader to think about the story long after they have finished reading it.  Good writing is all about making the writer and the reader feel good about words.

One Response to What is good writing?

  • richardcolby says:

    What you see as good writing seemingly born in fiction also works through non-fiction as well. Trying to connect with the reader is key. But we also see that good writing, regardless of genre, has a beginning, middle, and end, and that there is change. While we might see a protagonist change in fiction, in argumentative writing, don’t we want to see the audience change, or even in scientific writing, don’t we want the audience to see something new where they hadn’t before?

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