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.