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.