Last week, a visitor came to critique group.* After telling us about working at the circus and his novel in progress, he shrugged. “I know a little about a lot of things.”
I had to laugh. The perfect description of a writer!
What traits then does a good writer have?
“Whatever may be our natural talents, the art of writing is not acquired all at once.” — Rousseau
A writer is persistent, learning the craft over time.
“Knowledge is the foundation and source of good writing.” — Horace
A writer is curious, seeking out facts of all kind.
“If you wish to write well, study the life about you — life in the public streets.” –Horce Mann
A writer is observant, taking in details that others often miss.
“A man who writes well writes not as others write, but as he himself writes.” — Montesquieu
A writer has the confidence to develop a unique, recognizable voice.
*The Florissant SCBWI critique group meets the second Thursday of each month at 7pm at Florissant Presbyterian Church.