What makes a good writer?’ is a difficult question for a would be writer to answer with any degree of accuracy. It is certainly worth due consideration at the start of what one hopes will be a literary career one day. A love of language in its many forms, whether that be written or spoken is I would deem desirable. In addition, a passion for playing with how words take shape on the page, and give form to what it is an author is attempting to convey, is a quality worth nurturing. A willingness to be flexible, an eye for detail, and the ability to be objective are also required. A good writer always endeavours to improve their craft by practising, and is prepared to edit and re-edit as necessary, ensuring that credit is awarded accordingly to all sources. A good writer researches well, reads widely and writes with heart, and values the written word as a vehicle for creative expression.
It is no good just saying ‘I want to be a writer’. Writing is about taking pen to paper or fingers to the keyboard, and getting down to the nitty gritty of penning words on the page. Although actions do indeed speak louder than words, without the words the page will remain blank. Sometimes we find ourselves staring at a blank screen or empty page willing words to come forth only to find that we are struck dumb with nothing much to say, let alone write. Why is that, I wonder?
The words will come back to me when they are good and ready, and when the time is right but just now my imagination is on vacation or more likely it’s on strike due to brain overload! Maybe it’s time to nourish my imagination by reading good books, and bathing myself in the experience that is life. Time to get busy living so I can persuade, cajole and encourage my Muse to come back and play.
© Liola Lee 2019