What is good writing?

Is it using simple words, specific words, phrasal verbs, phrases, idioms, collocations? What makes good writing impressionable?

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  • 3 weeks ago
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    Don't waste time asking this kind of question. Instead, read. Read, read, read, read and read, then read some more, and more, and more ...

    You'll find that "good writing" varies from writer to writer. One writer may use "simple words", another may use lengthy complex paragraphs, another may avoid phrasal verbs while another uses them heavily. 

    There is NO single definition of "good writing". But there is no doubt that the overwhelming majority of people who write well are also people who READ.

    PS You don't mean "impressionable"; you mean "impressive".

  • Tina
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    One very important thing is to make sure you are using the right words - for instance 'impressionable' doesn't mean what you think it means.

  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    what you just described

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    Good writing is like listening to music from a good quality stereo or watching a movie on a good quality TV,.  You don't notice the stereo speakers or the TV, you just enjoy the content. Likewise, good writing doesn't call attention to itself. 

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  • 3 weeks ago

    All of the above, with moderation.

    Know the audience that will read what you write. Be sure of the "jargon" that they normally use, and avoid any other jargon. And don't talk down to them -- avoid clichés, and child-like inferences. Avoid passive constructions that sound as if they are intellectual and academic -- they kill passion.

    When you have the main piece written, edit! Cut out any word that does not help deliver the message: specifically, adjectives, adverbs, tenses of the verb "to be". 

    Then rewrite the whole in Basic English -- if you can't express your thesis and meaning in those 750 main words and 100 special words (specific to the audience) then you don't know your subject well enough. If you can't get your passion across with those words, you don't care enough about the topic.

    And do a final rewrite, but make sure it's at what Fleisch refers to as "6th grade level".

  • Andrew
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    It's the exact opposite of what you do. 

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