I have been struggling with something a bit lately. It's a question that I have been struggling with and the question is - what makes a good writer for you?
How do you judge a good writer and what qualifies you to be one? Do you base it on how large their vernacular is (hubba*hubba*) or if ultimately the story sweeps you off your feet regardless of how many syllables there are in their words?
Myself for instance, I am currently writing my first book and I do not have a vocabulary that is....well-endowed. I rely more on simpler words and dressing them up with colorful context and flow (if that makes ANY sense to you) and I don't mean [I]disguising[/I] either. That in itself is not something I would call a technique. I just use what I have at my disposal and make the best of it. Because of this, I sometimes feel like I am NOT a good writer and that isn't necessarily true. Take songwriting for instance-[I]did the Beatles [I]SUCK[/I] because their songs did not contain intricate compositions?[/I] NO. Their music was [I]GREAT[/I]. Not the best in technical terms, but [I]GREAT[/I]. Why? because it invoked and it connected on a human level. Readers, listeners and viewers all need to connect in order to remain engaged...and it doesn't matter if you're a walking encyclopedia or the human Webster's dictionary. This is not a lecture! It is simple thought I have been wrestling with. After all the bells and whistles, what really matters to you as a reader...and/or writer? How much can you get away with on either end before the substance suffers for it?
Are you someone who will say something that may sound like this: [I]Well, I really enjoyed the book, but I would have liked it a lot more only had he used bigger words or vice versa[/I]
[I]edit: Britney Spears is an abomination. She doesn't count.[/I] Bonus Random Thought.
I guess it will always come down to preference. Do some readers like to solve math problems while they are reading a book or is fast food okay because it is a quick fix even though it lacks nutrition? I don't know the F'in answers and personally don't feel like there are any concrete answers to begin with (except for the fact that sugar and fat is DELICIOUS!) - That's just me. Yes, it will kill you, but it's so F'in delicious. How do you like your ART cooked?
I personally don't care how it was prepared as long as I can walk away from it with something other than bad thoughts and regrets.