To be or not to be a good Writer

So I was reading a post called “Writer Rules”, and it is a small article that discusses the art of writing as a whole and it’s ability to be taught, but unable to be mastered. I’ve touched upon this in a post “Creativity and Institution” where I debate the current literary writers desire to acquire an MFA in writing and its commercial viability. This makes me think of writing as an art form that stands void of rules, sure we’ve all read the rule book The Elements of Style, but let’s be honest how many best sellers stick to these rules? In the post the author claims that a good writer may show reckless abandon and write how they wish. It’s true isn’t it? Stephen King is a “good” writer and he uses fragments and sentences that appear to be swallowing the page as he describes the mail man and the milk man and any other third-party he wishes to educate us with.

William Shakespeare or whoever wrote under such a pen name created his own words to be used in his plays and poems. Without such risk our common English would be lacking quite a few colorful nouns and adjectives. But the real question I must ask you readers is what makes someone a good writer? Does the ability to craft witty sentences and an alluring narrative enable someone to become a good writer? Can someone who lacks the grammatical prowess that the writing life demands be described as good on the merits of their storytelling?


I don’t know what to consider myself as to the standings of my own writing. I am confident, but at times I’m self-conscious, but I believe that, that comes with the territory. The question now is what actually makes someone a good writer? Leave a comment below as to what you think.


About Damian Rucci

D.F. Rucci is a writer, blogger, and a musician from a small town in New Jersey. View all posts by Damian Rucci

3 responses to “To be or not to be a good Writer

  • Don Kowalewski

    It’s almost two different arguments. Writing well, or writing something good. Hey, that was a fragment. “The Help” is the best book I’ve read in the past two years. It was written without regard to spelling and grammar, albeit purposely to fit the period and culture, but it didn’t matter. It was an amazing story and the characters felt truly alive. I’ll happily sprint through a book with good characters and a good story even if it’s full of jargon, sentence fragments, and some grammar errors. Plus, I think the written language is constantly evolving.

  • James Garcia Jr

    Hey, Damian. It’s an interesting question, isn’t it? It’s also probably one we’ll never manage to answer. It means different things to different readers. Many people string fancy words together, but no one can understand them, or trip all over them. Others write far more simply, but craft fantastic stories which sweep away and captivate the masses. We haven’t even mentioned where money falls into all of this?
    Perhaps we should just keep telling our stories, keep improving and let the readers be the judges.
    Thanks for asking.


  • Damian Rucci

    Thanks for the great comments! I agree with everything said. The words “good”, “bad”, and even “mediocre” are thrown around, but really its only perception. Does it truly matter what the writers think or should the readers be the final judge? I consider J.K. Rowling to be a fantastic storyteller, but only a descent writer. I think we shouldn’t even distinguish on what is good, more like what will entertain our readers.

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