What is Good Writing?

I’ve always been shocked to find those who think Shakespeare was a bad writer. And those who find Dan Brown a good writer. I like to point out there is more than telling a good story. Sometimes so much more. But a good story is somewhat hard to argue with.

We can talk about nuance, simile, dialogue and
the like. I never took a writing class, although,
ironically I’ve taught a few.

I am thinking of Stant Litore’s very amazing series, The Zombie Bible, which upends some of the thoughts I’d had about writing. He takes what seems a pop subject and delves it more deeply than what most people are used to in such genres. His use of style can be more than mimicry. He knows biblical and historical fiction both.

I never felt I had a style. That is why I admire it in others. His work is focused on a very particular theme in looking at life. Mine goes all over the place. Like many writers I live in other people’s worlds without creating my own.

What is good writing? Focus and style….oh yes, and that good story too.


About christineemmert

Words have been part of my life. First the spoken word in my time as an actress and increasingly the written word in my shift to writer. I write across the genres, but mostly as a playwright and poet. My interest as my life extends is in the realm of tethering myth to the mundane reality where I live. In this vein I have expanded into stories and novels. Presently I look at how myths taken from past cultures can affect us today. Hence my novella of Lilith which is out on Kindle . I live in the Eastern Woodlands where I try to incorporate nature into my many writing projects. We are so in danger of losing that link to our very planet!
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