Have you ever wondered if you possess the qualities of a good writer? Learn the top five qualities of a good writer and why it’s important to develop these traits if you don’t already have them. These traits will help take your writing career to the next level!
5.) Good writers possess patience.
Good writers are patient and realize that completing a manuscript is a haughty goal. Writing won’t be easy. There will be days when you have absolutely nothing to add to your manuscript. Or days when you realize the end is far away and the only thing preventing you from finishing is white space. Keep writing! Take it one sentence at a time; your persistence will pay off! Your patience will eventually garner you a finished book that you’ll be proud of.
4.) Good writers give attention to detail.
Good writers can vividly describe their characters while allowing their readers to see in detail the scene (including locations) they are describing. Has your manuscript answered questions the average reader of your book will have? Does your reader know how your character looks? Are there any flaws your character possesses? A limp? Or a lisp perhaps? When your reader can see in detail what you are trying to convey they become invested in your characters and story.
3.) Good writers are good listeners/observers.
Writers need to be good listeners and observers of their surroundings during those times when they’re not writing. It is during those times that a writer is doing research. What about a person’s personality intrigues you or makes you dislike them? Expound on those character traits and bring them to life within the pages of your book. What about a person’s style of dress makes them unique? What stands out to you when you see a person enter the mall, the club, the grocery store, or the gym? Have you ever been in a situation where you thought, “This could only happen to me!”? Or “No one would believe this…” Recreate the scene in your manuscript and bring it to life. Let the frivolities of life be what makes your book a familiar read to your readers.
2.) Good writers are avid readers.
Show me a good writer and I’ll show you an avid reader. After all, reading is what usually sparks a person’s desire to write. A good writer needs to immerse themselves in a pool of words. What qualities do your favorite writers possess? Now think about the kinds of books that make you stay up all night reading them. Discovering the strengths of other writers will help you in your own writing.
The #1) Quality of a good writer – Good writers have a vivid imagination.
Think about authors like J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter) or Stephanie Myer (Twilight). Rowling’s Harry Potter series is 700-plus pages of fictional places and creatures. If that weren’t enough she threw in a dash of magic! These weren’t places that existed. She created a whole world with her imagination. What can your imagination create?
What are the qualities of good writing?
Simple. Good writing leaves an impression. One of my favorite movies as a child was The Never Ending Story. Remember the character Falkor from the movie? That character was unforgettable. Write a character that will have your readers talking for years to come and you’ll know you possess the qualities of a good writer.
While this list isn’t exhaustive and there are several more qualities of a good writer, this list will get you well on your way to becoming a writer that the masses love.