Monday, April 21, 2014
What Makes Writing Great?
What is the secret to great writing?
A heart full of ideas?
An active imagination?
Smart critique partners?
A flair for putting the right words together?
I believe it takes a friendly, liberal blend of these ingredients to produce great writing. While individuals might differ in their opinions, one element remains constant. We must engage the reader.
Perhaps poet Matthew Arnold had the right idea when he said,
"Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret."
Writing for ourselves is a wonderful - even therapeutic, activity. Most writers, myself included, would still write if no one ever read our work. However, if we desire to reach others, to be published, it is crucial to provide reader appeal. Easier said than done, but doable with patience and a healthy combination of the elements listed above.
A Spring Contest
Want to practice some great writing? Check out the 83rd Annual Writer's Digest Competition. WD is offering great prizes with categories that include fiction, non fiction, children, poetry, inspirational, and more. Early entry deadline is May 5, 2014. Find details here.
I'll be taking a break until May 11, 2014 as I need to work on my next book, do some spring cleaning, and just take a breather. See you soon!
Do you agree with Mr. Arnold? Would you add any items to the list above? What are your secrets to great writing?
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