Good v. Bad Writing
What is good writing? What is bad?
A common example of this can be seen in a lot of fantasy novels. Even authors I otherwise like frequently use contemporary expressions and metaphors in dialog that don’t fit the characters or setting. The challenge is to establish a manner of speaking that is natural for the character in his or her setting. For example, you don’t need to go overboard with anachronistic “high” speech for a king of some fantasy realm, but he isn’t going to talk like an American college student either.
- A good writer makes your eyes flow through the letters, making your reading as quick as thought. Even Tolkien with his long ass descriptions was very fluid.
- A bad writer makes you struggle with every sentence, and makes the idea correlation an endeavor.
- A good writer just makes the characters and the characters go on and do their thing. They have lives, minds and goals, and you get to understand them.
- A bad writer can make their characters do whatever he/she pleases without regard to the fact that the character would never do that.
- A good writer can use a topic that has already been used and repeat a lot of tropes and still feel like an original work by using them creatively and adding little changes to them.
- A bad writer uses a “paint-by-numbers” cliche storyline and basically just changes the names of the characters.
- A good writer can make the characters talk like they really live in the world they are in, and their expressions and manners of speech are natural.
- A bad writer just gives exposition through a character’s mouth, and every time you see them talk, you are fully aware nobody in the world talks like that.
Deus ex Machina:
Still try to develop yourself as a writer, and not constrain yourself to the advice of others.