Characteristics Of A Good Writer

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Being a good writer can take a lot of hard work and constant practice. A good writer must know what he/she are talking about in their text. Writing should come easy to someone that is a good writer, they have the ability to use any of the different techniques or writing strategies. Writers must find out their style is like first, that way they may perfect that style and continue to write good papers. A good writer will organize their writing and make sure that the strategy they use in their paper makes the purpose of their writing clear, logical, and effective. Stephen King makes it simple when explaining how to be a good writer. In his “Reading to Write” paper Stephen King says “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all…show more content…
The writer can enhance their writing abilities by reading lots of different texts. Also the writer should read both good and bad texts that way the writer can determine which way is the correct way to write. It is a good idea for the reader to get the context for the text before the reader just jumps in and reads the paper or book. Another part of being a good writer is knowing the different writing strategies and how to use them the correct way. An example of a good writer constantly reading to improve their own skills comes from the paper titled “My Favorite Teacher,” written by Thomas L. Friedman. Thomas talks about one of his english teachers in high school talking about what it takes to be a good writer “Real journalists, she taught us, start their day by reading the Times and columnists like Anthony Lewis and James Reston,”…show more content…
Another strategy that a good writer may use is emotion. In “Discovering the Power of My Words” by Russell Baker the author uses some emotion to show how he and the other students in his high school class felt when his teacher began reading his essay out loud to the class. The author says “I did my best to avoid showing pleasure, but what I was feeling was pure ecstasy at this startling demonstration that my words had the power to make people laugh,” (Baker). A writer who can use emotion really well in their work has the ability to get the readers to feel what the characters feel in the writing. The emotion in the writing can completely shift the way the reader comprehends the text. In “Crime Family” by Elisa Mala she is able to use emotion to make the readers almost feel bad for the old lady and sister of the criminal. Mala says “I could share a space, a conversations, and even empathy with the family of those I believed had mugged me,” (Mala). The next evidence for becoming a good writer comes from Linda S. Flower’s essay titled “Writing for an Audience” she says “A good piece of writing closes the gap between you and the reader,” (Flower). If a writer is good at what they do then the writer is able to get the attention of the reader then pull them in and continue to keep the reader
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