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What makes a good Writer?

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



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  1. “Writing is about taking pen to paper or fingers to the keyboard” — I so agree with this Liola, oh the countless times I wished inspiration would come to me, and yet never welcomed it by beginning to type! Happy Easter and happy writing :))

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    • Thank you for reading and commenting Nadine! It’s good to be back on here and reading other Writer’s posts as it helps inspire as well as inform. Your writing is beautiful and reminds me that I want to engage with other like minded souls. Going to start exercising my writing muscle like I use to. Time to stop making excuses and just do it! 🙂

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      • Aw Liola thank you so very much, this means a lot to me coming from you and I do indeed think of you as a like-minded soul! Super happy you’re back and are going to tap those keys again! Let’s just have fun with it shall we? (personally I tend to take myself wayyyyy to seriously, lol!) xoxo

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      • Yes, let’s have fun with this as Life is meant to be enjoyed! I too take myself and life too seriously! My Dad used to say I was too sensitive but he nevertheless supported me in moments of doubt which were and still are many! Thank you for being there, and thank you for being a like-minded soul! 🙂

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      • Funny, I heard that a lot too. ;)) Sometimes it’s hard to be brave when we’re sensitive but we can at least try, can’t we, since you are so right, Life is meant to be enjoyed! Thank you Liola your words warm my heart and make me feel braver! 👯‍♀️💃🏼💃🏼🎉


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April 2019
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