What makes a Good Writer? Pages of description or….?

writing, process, writers, style             Most of the authors that I have interviewed are avid readers like myself.  We seem to all agree that is what makes us better writers.   I was reading Caroline Leavitt’s‘Is This Tomorrow‘  and it struck me how very different our writing styles are.  Caroline writes pages of beautiful, meaningful description with a few lines of dialogue.  Much like Edna Ferber did.

My fiction has tons of dialogue (probably as a result of my being a playwright) and just enough description to set the time, location and who my characters are.  I have to repeatedly check myself to make certain that I am giving my readers enough description.writing, process, writers, style

Why am I telling you about this?  I need to be sure that you realize that there is no WRONG way.  If you tend to write in story telling form, a narrative, that’s great!  If, like me, you write a lot of dialogue and let that method tell the reader what your characters are doing, what the weather is like, who just showed up at the house, who she/he is in love with, who died, (well, you get the idea).  That’s okay too.

Aspire to write better every day….but don’t worry about your ‘style’, if it turns out that an author you really respect writes differently than you do.  It’s a DIFFERENT style but that doesn’t mean that your writing style is wrong.  Or that their writing is right.  It’s just about style, and what we feel comfortable writing.

writing, process, writers, styleIf you are more a descriptive writer be certain that you keep your paragraphs short.  Don’t ramble on and on in one paragraph.  The eye of the reader needs a rest.   And double, triple check your grammar!   Check out Thursday’s blog this week where there are some tips about that very subject.


DON’T MISS UPCOMING BLOGS.  This SERIES, “The Writer’s Corner” presents INTERVIEWS with  best-selling AUTHORS!

I have had a wonderful response from other authors and plan on featuring an interview once a month .  These authors have already responded and you can read their interviews by clicking on their name::  Ann Purser, Susan Elia MacNeal, Heidi Jon Schmidt, Mark Childress, Robert McCammon, Rhys Bowen, Karen Robards, Dean Koontz, Sheryl Woods, Jo-Ann Mapson, Elizabeth Gilbert, Amber Winckler, Sue Grafton,Walter Mosley, Loretta Chase, Nora Roberts, Jeffrey Deaver and many others.

So come along with me; we shall sneak into these writers’ special places, be a fly on the wall and watch them create!  July features Rhys Bowen.  Sue Grafton is August’s author and September will feature Tasha Alexander. Jeffrey Deaver is November’s author and  slick mystery writer, Andrew Grant will join us this winter. Loretta Chase will be featured later this year.
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