Prentice The profession of book-writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business —John Steinbeck The profession of writing is wrong, like smoking cigarettes, bad for your health, a diminisher of life expectancy —William Saroyan Prose as smooth and burnished as well-oiled furniture —A. Prose consists of … phrases tacked together like the sections of a prefabricated hen-house —George Orwell Prose is like music, every word must be placed for sound, color and nuance —James G.
Huneker A sentence should read as if its author, had he held a plough instead of a pen, could have drawn a furrow deep and straight to the end —Henry David Thoreau Sometimes writing a recipe takes me a whole day … to communicate it correctly. Typing your own manuscript for submission is a lot like dressing to see that old lover who left you five years ago —Ira Wood In his novel, The Kitchen Man, Wood expands the simile as follows: It comes out to be you no matter what you do —John Updike, New York Times, January 18, The writer who draws his material from a book is like one who borrows money only to lend it —Kahlil Gibran Writes like a comrade, the kind of friend with whom it is a pleasure to dispute —Jacques Barzun about H.
Switch to new thesaurus. Related words like graphomania , scribomania fear graphophobia. Quotations "Writing, at its best, is a lonely life" [Ernest Hemingway speech, accepting the Nobel Prize for Literature ] "I think writing does come out of a deep well of loneliness and a desire to fill some kind of gap" [Jay McInerney] "Would you not like to try all sorts of lives - one is so very small - but that is the satisfaction of writing - one can impersonate so many people" [Katherine Mansfield letter ].
They wrote their names on a sheet of paper; The child has learned to read and write; Please write in ink. She wrote a book on prehistoric monsters. He has written a letter to me about this matter; I'll write you a long letter about my holiday; I wrote to you last week. Dickens was a famous English writer; the writer of this letter. She wrote down every word he said. Write this exercise out in your neatest handwriting.
References in classic literature? It was a little difficult to read your writing. Word origin of 'writing'. Example sentences containing 'writing' These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. He was loved by all his colleagues for his modesty and manifest in his straightforward writing style.
Times, Sunday Times Except that Leicester were not reading the writing. Times, Sunday Times Writing can help if you're going through a tough time. The Sun Reading makes minds sharper and writing helps you stay mentally active , experts say. The Sun When his blend of comedy and drama works, his writing is in a league of its own.
Times, Sunday Times Early writings about it claim that its blossoms emitted an aroma reminiscent of the stench of "a thousand dead elephants rotting in the sun. Smithsonian Mag Half are doing as well at reading, writing and arithmetic as white British pupils at primary school. The Sun So why is it that good writing about food is so rare?
Times, Sunday Times The characters are likeable and the writing is always brilliant. The Sun Use the present tense in referring to the contents of writing or art. Times, Sunday Times His writing career took a while to get going. Times, Sunday Times This probably accounts for the somewhat distant and pedestrian tone of the early writings on work. Rowbotham, Sheila The Past is Before Us - feminism in action since the s His voluminous writings on the subject for a time enjoyed huge popularity.
The Times Literary Supplement The menace was reserved for the writing on the wall. Times, Sunday Times Reading your writing aloud will also help you to identify any weak spots. The Sun Writing and oral reading effects have been positive as well. May 20, Good writing versus good story. I think popular fiction, for the most part, is just a good story. Dear Elizabeth in Alaska You have excellent taste in writers! I have four novels published in print and one in ebooks, so I know a little about writing.
I used to think excellent writing was all about grammar, but some great writers are bad grammaticians. Now I think great writing is a book or story that makes us laugh or cry, that somehow changes the way we think, and maybe even the way we love.
In short, it changes our lives. Such a novel is one I just finished. Its written by a man, a surgeon, but with a woman's sensitivity and delicacy. I recommend it to every reader on this earth. A great novel about love and loss and searching, betrayal and the fragility of the human body and its mind.
Everyone who has read it falls into each other's arms, saying "What about that scene, and this scene, and how many times did you cry? And did it change the meaning of love for you? I think I shall have to read it all over again.
But you will not want it to end! May 21, What a great discussion! And Kiana, you don't have to convince us! Chicks did Cutting for Stone as a group read last July. The old discussions can still be accessed. Sad to say I didn't get to it at that time and read it this winter, but it is indeed a beautiful book. People do offten pull up archived chats and revive them! There's some definite fans here! I will have agree with Elizabeth, characterizations matter more to me than plot. And agree with Viola and Tera's comments - the idea that good story is not necessarily good writing.
I think sometimes we equate story with an engrossing, twisted or action packed plot, when story can be the deep nuances of a character and what got them there. Viola - totally agree that something that touches me emotionally doesn't necessarily mean quality composition. From a mechanics standpoint certainly good writing involves well structured grammar, creative use of vocabulary and languarge, effective imagery. Althought I prefer something not so detailed, but writing that leads my imagination to its own place.
I think I have grown as a reader because I have finally stopped confining myself to books that are only in my life experience, with characters I would like or relate to. Some of my richest reading in the last few years have been characters I didn't necessarily like and couldn't relate to, but the glimpse into their souls has expanded my understanding of humanity. Tera - I had to chuckle - great examples examples of Lolita and Twilight. I'm with you there. I just joined Goodreads few months ago, so am behind the times.
And you're right, we have to be open-minded and cross genres in our reading. Also, ditto on characterization being more important than plot. Anyone can makeup a plot.
But to go deep into someone's motives and character is an art. Its a techno-horror book and chilling. Gorgeous, a little gem of a book, and a love-story too! Of course Kiana - no apologies necessary! Welcome and make yourself at home!
Goodreads is such a great place and once you've navigated around and gotten to know people you will discover how very much is here and how many great functions this website has! My something English major daughter and I have read them all and seen the movies! We won't be total book snobs!
LOL One of those silly guilty pleasures. And read The Elegance of the Hedgehog as well. I enjoy the what-have-you-finished and what-are-you-reading type threads so much, aside from just lurking through people's bookshelves and the compare function. I get some great great ideas! May 23, Funny thing, one person's pornography is another person's art ie, statue of justice covered by John Ashcroft in There are books people have loved, that I hated I think Tera hit the nail on the head , and vice versa.
I also know that a lot of people HATE the Harry Potter books, but I find them a good work of Juvenile fiction the grammar and word selection being appropriate, for this audience , and is enjoyed by people of all ages.
So I must add, one must also look into which audience the book was written for, a book in a mystery section that had no loops or twists, is probably not a great work of that genre. Steven King is more well known for the fast paced horror novels. Though quite simplistic in its sentence structure, his novels have become characteristic for their entrainment, pace, and plot.
To begin to understand what makes writing, and writers, “good,” we need to ask the larger question “What is writing?” It’s easy to agree on the definition of writing if we limit it to something like “putting pen to paper” or “typing ideas into a computer.”.
Looking for Quality in Student Writing Learning to See the Things Kids Can Do So We Can What is Good Writing? You know it when you see it. It isn’t that hard to tell whether a piece of writing is good or bad. You just have to read it. But things get more challenging if you have to explain why it's good.
Definitions of Good Writing. When non-native students come to study in the U.S., they encounter not only different expectations for them as academic writers but also very different attitudes about the role of writing as an important vehicle for learning and explaining what one has learned. Jul 20, · What "good" writing or a "good" story entails is different for Everyone, including those who read the same book or novel. What one likes another may not & vice versa and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that, makes for great discussions!
Experiences in school leave some people with the impression that good writing simply means writing that contains no bad mistakes—that is, no errors of grammar, punctuation, or spelling. In fact, good writing is much more than just correct writing. It's writing that responds to the interests and needs of our readers. Any definition of good writing won’t hold water for a second if it’s based on the writer’s own opinion. One could say, “good writing is writing which contains so-and-so”, and then a reader with different likes / dislikes will say: “What?