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9 Qualities of Good Writing

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There are two kinds of people: Those who think they can write, and those who think they can’t. And, very often, both are wrong. The truth is, most of us fall somewhere in the middle. We are all capable of producing good writing....

 

Words matter. Your words (what you say) and style (how you say it) are your most cherished (and undervalued) assets.

 

Yet, so often, they are overlooked. Think of this way: If a visitor came to your website without its branding in place (logo, tagline, and so on), would he or she recognize it as yours? Are you telling your story there from your unique perspective, with a voice and style that’s clearly all you?

 

Here, in no particular order, is what I’ve learned about the necessary qualities of good writing (or content, in our digital vernacular), based on my own 25 years’ working as a writer and editor… and even longer career as a reader....


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Sarah Yarborough's curator insight, March 6, 2014 6:01 PM

I really liked this article about writing. It was very reminicent of almost every article we've read so far, along with the various chapters in They Say, I Say. It talks about how good writers support what they are saying with plenty of data, which is something we all need to make sure of in our research essays. I also like how it says that good writing comes in the rewrite, similar to the idea behind the shitty first draft article. All of these ideas and "secrets" behind how to write successfully are ones we've discussed in class- it's just a matter of actually implementing them into our papers.

Forrest z. Tappan's curator insight, March 11, 2014 8:41 PM

I completely agree with Sarah. This article hold so many compilations to what we have been reading for class, especially in They Say, I say. I have been told many times and have grown accustomed to  believing that for every equation you add to a paper, you loss half of your readers. This is very evident if you look at the more popular articles and book. However it time I veer away from that mind set and start thinking like a research paper writer. This article has giving me some very good tips on how to rethink the way i write for this course. Specifically, Ann--the author-- make  a point that writing should be simple but not simplistic. Being more of a creative writer LOVE to confuse my readers with fancy words and alliteration and what have yous, but Ann stats that this is just not appropriate. I look forward to using what iv learned in my work.

Christopher Philbin's curator insight, August 3, 2014 9:38 PM

Just what makes good writing? These are some key points that will help the novice get on their way to becoming a better writer for sure.

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Why Your Novel Won't Get Published

Why Your Novel Won't Get Published | Story Structure | Scoop.it
You gotta maximize your chances of putting a kick-ass book into the ecosystem where it bites, kicks, shivs and garrotes any other novel that gets in its way. One way to do that is to identify the m...
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How Writing a Book Proposal Can Boost Your Sales

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A successful book proposal is a marketing document that tells agents and publishers who you are, what your book is about, who wants to read it, how you intend to reach that au­dience, and what effo...
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THE OTHER 4 TIPS FOR AUTHORS: Tips many may practice, but won’t admit to doing. | Indie Author News

THE OTHER 4 TIPS FOR AUTHORS: Tips many may practice, but won’t admit to doing. | Indie Author News | Story Structure | Scoop.it
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The Top 20 Strategies On Writing A Romance Novel - WordTrance

The Top 20 Strategies On Writing A Romance Novel - WordTrance | Story Structure | Scoop.it
Check out this helpful post about top strategies to employ when writing a romance novel.
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How to Be a Writer: Hemingway’s Advice to Aspiring Authors

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"As a writer you should not judge. You should understand."Ernest Hemingway has contributed a great deal to the collected advice of great writers, from his famous admonition against the dangers of ego to his short and stellar Nobel Prize acceptance speech. But some of his finest wisdom springs to life in this excerpt from his 1967 nonfiction piece By-Line, found in the altogether excellent Hemingway on Writing (public library) — a compilation of the celebrated author’s most insightful meditations on the craft, culled from his published works and his private letters. ...


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The always-inspiring Maria Popova shares inspiration on writing by Ernest Hemingway.

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#Nanowrimo Outlining Your Story | Write on the River

#Nanowrimo Outlining Your Story | Write on the River | Story Structure | Scoop.it
Many theories, one concept I have grown fonder of outlining the more I have written. A novel is very complex when viewed in its entirety, most particularly mainstream fiction. Working without an outline is sort of "winging" it.
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Benjamin Franklin: “Either write something...” on Changemakrs.com

Benjamin Franklin: “Either write something...” on Changemakrs.com | Story Structure | Scoop.it
Click to see more... (Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. http://t.co/SqdguQU2fk)
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Author K.M. Ruiz Shares Writing Advice | WritersDigest.com

Author K.M. Ruiz Shares Writing Advice | WritersDigest.com | Story Structure | Scoop.it
Author K.M. Ruiz, author of MIND STORM and TERMINAL POINT, tells writers how to get published, gain readers, and find a literary agent.
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Murder mystery in your back yard: Author, former Afton resident signs book in ... - Stillwater Gazette

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When an Afton public works employee ends up dead in the freezing cold St. Croix River near St.
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How to outline a novel - 3 things you need

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By Laurence MacNaughton
Dear Laurence: What do I need to know beforehand in order to write a novel?
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Authors and National Novel Writing Month: 4 Good Reasons NOT To ...

Authors and National Novel Writing Month: 4 Good Reasons NOT To ... | Story Structure | Scoop.it
We're approaching the second half of October, and that means one thing in the writing world: everyone is going crazy about National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. Today, I wanted to talk about why I'm not doing it, why ...
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Short Story Structure – Voice and Style Defined

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Voice or style is hard to define. The glib definition is that it’s an author’s individual way of writing, of putting words and phrases and039 together. Each person’s style is unique, just as each fingerprint is unique. But that doesn’t mean it’s particularly distinctive. Many fingerprints resemble each other very closely. So do the voices of some writers.
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3 Ways to Make Your Reader Believe in Your Protagonist

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You’ve got a great story bubbling away inside. Those quiet moments are spent thinking about plot and subplot, setting, and, of course, character. And it’s here where you begin to stumble. Whatever ...
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THE OTHER 4 TIPS FOR AUTHORS: Tips many may practice, but won’t admit to doing. | Indie Author News

THE OTHER 4 TIPS FOR AUTHORS: Tips many may practice, but won’t admit to doing. | Indie Author News | Story Structure | Scoop.it
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How do you learn to write? 6 tips to improve your writing | Antelope Media

Hey check this out http://t.co/sjV5sGb2mI #learntowrite #writing #howtowrite
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Suspending Disbelief

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As a fiction writer, and one who dwells primarily in the fantasy/sci-fi realm, one of the most important aspects of my story telling is suspending the disbelief of my readers. It is essential that ...
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9 Qualities of Good Writing

9 Qualities of Good Writing | Story Structure | Scoop.it

There are two kinds of people: Those who think they can write, and those who think they can’t. And, very often, both are wrong. The truth is, most of us fall somewhere in the middle. We are all capable of producing good writing....

 

Words matter. Your words (what you say) and style (how you say it) are your most cherished (and undervalued) assets.

 

Yet, so often, they are overlooked. Think of this way: If a visitor came to your website without its branding in place (logo, tagline, and so on), would he or she recognize it as yours? Are you telling your story there from your unique perspective, with a voice and style that’s clearly all you?

 

Here, in no particular order, is what I’ve learned about the necessary qualities of good writing (or content, in our digital vernacular), based on my own 25 years’ working as a writer and editor… and even longer career as a reader....


Via Jeff Domansky
more...
Sarah Yarborough's curator insight, March 6, 2014 6:01 PM

I really liked this article about writing. It was very reminicent of almost every article we've read so far, along with the various chapters in They Say, I Say. It talks about how good writers support what they are saying with plenty of data, which is something we all need to make sure of in our research essays. I also like how it says that good writing comes in the rewrite, similar to the idea behind the shitty first draft article. All of these ideas and "secrets" behind how to write successfully are ones we've discussed in class- it's just a matter of actually implementing them into our papers.

Forrest z. Tappan's curator insight, March 11, 2014 8:41 PM

I completely agree with Sarah. This article hold so many compilations to what we have been reading for class, especially in They Say, I say. I have been told many times and have grown accustomed to  believing that for every equation you add to a paper, you loss half of your readers. This is very evident if you look at the more popular articles and book. However it time I veer away from that mind set and start thinking like a research paper writer. This article has giving me some very good tips on how to rethink the way i write for this course. Specifically, Ann--the author-- make  a point that writing should be simple but not simplistic. Being more of a creative writer LOVE to confuse my readers with fancy words and alliteration and what have yous, but Ann stats that this is just not appropriate. I look forward to using what iv learned in my work.

Christopher Philbin's curator insight, August 3, 2014 9:38 PM

Just what makes good writing? These are some key points that will help the novice get on their way to becoming a better writer for sure.

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* aggressivly hugs*, nickcarragay: petition to make young adult...

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“ petition to make young adult authors stop writing about girls whose lives change when they meet a boy
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Ricky Gervais Tells A Story About How He Learned To Write

http://www.fastcompany.com/3016916/ricky-gervais-tells-a-story-about-how-he-learned-to-write In this first installment of Creation Stories, Ricky Gervais sha...
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45 Great American Indie Bookstores to Support This Holiday Season

45 Great American Indie Bookstores to Support This Holiday Season | Story Structure | Scoop.it
No matter how bleak the news about publishing gets, independently owned bookstores are surviving, and in some cases thriving, in an Amazon-ruled, post-bookstore chain environment that shouldn't nec...
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Give outlining a try: Now, Fargo is open source | opensource.com

Give outlining a try: Now, Fargo is open source | opensource.com | Story Structure | Scoop.it
This year, Dave Winer released Fargo, a scriptable outliner, written in Javascript. This means that it can easily be plugged into other web-based applications (saving to Dropbox, Github, Wordpress, etc.), and can work ...
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