What Makes A Good Writer?

Hmm, where do I start with this?

As I come down from the well-deserved hype of  Avengers Endgame and screaming at the top of my voice for Arya, as she became the most badass woman in the history of tv. I can’t help but wonder, “What makes a good writer?”

Think about it for a second. Avengers came from the ingenious minds of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and then George R. Martin blessed us with one of the most memorable fantasy series. What made these comics/books so great, even before they came to the big screen? What makes a good writer?

Honestly, that question has haunted me since I decided to become a writer. I am a newbie. I want to do and give my best.

I did what any other person would do. I googled the question, and I got the blase answers like research, the personality of the writer, and great feelings.

I didn’t like those answers. I felt like I needed more. Thus I turned to my writing sisters.

Their answers made more sense to me.  I didn’t ask if I could quote their names so we will call my writing sisters “Sister Girl 1, Sister Girl 2 and Sister Girl 3.”

Sister Girl 1 said, “A writer who makes me care about the female/heroine character. If you actually build/develop the female/heroine character as much as the male/hero character. I will automatically love you.”

Sister Girl 2 said, “Someone that can suck me in. An author that I can tell took their time to think through the story and didn’t just throw a book at me.”

Sister Girl 3 said, “Just give me a story that pulls me in and create characters I care about.”

That made me think a bit, not as a writer but as a reader. What do I want a good writer to be?

I think the quote by William Faulkner says it well “The only thing worth writing about is the human heart in conflict with itself.

I wouldn’t say human alone, I mean vampires and werewolves have hearts and they (pause)

Ok, I digress. However, I do agree with Faulkner. Conflict of the heart, especially in a romance novel, plays an important part. Thus to me as a reader, a good writer appeals to all my senses with words. By doing so they pull me in. What do I mean by appeal to all my senses?

I love when writers create a world and a setting that I can see, smell, touch, hear and sometimes taste. I love a great argument with the main characters, I love the conflict and the chance that their love can never be. The struggle of an anti-hero, the love-hate relationships of some characters. If a writer has the capacity to make me feel deeply for a character, then it’s a job well done.  I have thrown books across the room because of a character being an asshole. Or I may have held my heart as a character becomes vulnerable and sweet. I have definitely adjusted myself in a seat because the sex scene was hot as hell.

Being a writer is magical, I can only hope the words  I put on future bookss will tug the heartstrings of my readers. Making my future readers yearn, like a book addict.

 

Side note. I just imagine myself as a BOOK LORD, selling books on the corner like a drug. I really need to eat my imagination is running wild. Until next time.

 

XOXO

KT Adler

 

 

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