5 comments on “Writing as art?

  1. I would say that writing is an Art, but I would also differentiate between a good writer and a good storyteller, as they are completely different. For example, J. K. Rowling is a mediocre writer at best, but she is an excellent storyteller, and that is why she is able to captivate audiences and sell so many books. A good writer can write about any topic/story and make it seem interesting, but the language often is as important as the story.

    • Not that I disagree, but wouldn’t you say that with the written word it takes more than being a good story teller?
      Is it possible that having great skill with story telling means that your writing skill gets a needed boost?

      I’ve heard a lot of people say what you did, that J.K. Rowling is a mediocre writer, but if the writing was so pedestrian I don’t think she’d be quite as successful as she has been. I wouldn’t put her skills next to say, Patrick Rothfuss or Brandon Sanderson, but she isn’t writing to the same audience.

      I guess I’m not sure what you mean by mediocre writing? Maybe we’re not thinking the same thing.

      • By mediocre writing, I mean that she could have done a lot more with her use of language, and she kept switching up the structure. You could really tell when she switched between writing for herself and writing for movies.

        There are a lot of people who are good writers and good storytellers. If you read someone like Charles de Lint, you get a picture of that. There are also a lot of people (and a lot of fantasy writers… Robert Jordan is one, Terry Goodkind is another) that are good story tellers, but in many cases the writing itself is just bad. Most people don’t really care whether or not the book is well-written if the story is gripping enough. There are a lot of books that get published that aren’t well written, and many of them become popular. A lot of books that I’ve read could have used a better editor and a few more drafts.

  2. I don’t know if this will post right and you’ll get this Grace because the reply button seems to not be working right now…gah!

    Now I want to go back and read the Harry Potter series so I can spot what you’re talking about. 🙂

    I don’t doubt it’s there, not at all.

    It’s just that it’s only fairly recently that I read and pay attention to the craft used. It means I read a lot less, as I tend to be more deliberate (whereas before I’d devour) but I notice more and it does help with my writing. I haven’t read the HP series since I’ve really gotten serious about my writing, maybe I’ll notice more this time around.

    You mention (and I spotted on your site) Charles De Lint. As a fan, what work of his would you recommend to a new reader? I know a lot of people enjoy him and I’m looking to give his books a try.

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