By: Dawn Field
While there is no common definition of great, all great books have the common feature of lacking content that isn’t great. Great writing does not contain “un-great” stuff.
The Internet is full of tips to improve your writing. Do this. Do that. Add this. Add that. Brainstorm this. Flesh out that. Adopt this structure. The list goes on and on and is full of wonderful and sound pieces of proven literary advice.
There is so much advice and knowledge accumulated over the ages, yet no one seems to fully agree on what makes great writing. It is more that we just know it when we read it. And many cannot agree on that either – think of all the rejection letters great writers have gotten from publishers. Think about the fact that we all have different favorite books. Some are perennially popular and historically important as evidenced by how they converge within “Top Books” lists. Whether it is Meyer’s Twilight saga or Dante’s Inferno, some books just stand out head and shoulders above the rest.
Great writing can have one or more great features, such as a super plot, memorable characters, or incredible novelty. There is no one formula. If there were, everyone would use it. That is the beauty of writing: It is endlessly creative. The door is always wide open.
If there is no one formula, how can there be one key to great writing?
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