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May 16, 2011

What is it that makes a really great writer great?

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Ever since I embarked on my writing  journey, I’ve read everything I could get my hands on where writing is concerned.

  •  Articles on show, don’t tell. 
  • Interviews with agents and editors on what works when submitting and what turns them off immediately. 
  • Discussions on POV

I’ve also been an active participant in two online critique groups, as well as joining writers’ organizations and attending writing conferences.

But I still have to wonder:  What is it that makes a really great writer great?

Here are a few things I think help contribute to a writer’s greatness:

  • unique voice
  • consistency in the writing
  • strong, solid plots
  • characters that behave like real people (readers can relate to them)
  • stories that surprise and entertain us
  • descriptive writing that immediately paints a vivid visual

Above all, however, I think it goes deeper than the ability to craft an amazing story. 

To me, a great writer is passionate about the entire process.  These aren’t just words on a page.  It’s time invested in painstakingly scupting every detail until it’s the absolute best writing it can be.  A great writer writes what stirs them up – stories they have to tell.

Don’t write to market trends.

Don’t settle for anything less than your best writing…ever.

Don’t sub pieces out without doing your homework on the publishers you’ve chosen.

But what is the biggest thing that makes a really great writer great?



  1. n-e-v-e-r-g-i-v-e-u-p. s-i-g-h.

    Comment by sandycarl — May 16, 2011 @ 1:45 PM | Reply

  2. You heard it here first, my friend.

    Comment by dramaquill — May 16, 2011 @ 7:12 PM | Reply

  3. Great points, I agree with you wholeheartedly. I also want to add that great writers have great personalities and that’s what will separate them or distinguish them from the crowds. Also, good luck with you writing. 🙂

    Comment by Rhiannon Paille — August 14, 2011 @ 9:44 AM | Reply

    • You’re absolutely right Rhiannon. And their distinct personalities usually are what contribute to their unique, individual voices as writers. And hey, I’m going to check out your blog right now. Thanks for commenting.

      Comment by dramaquill — August 16, 2011 @ 5:33 PM | Reply

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