How do you know if you are a good writer? Are there certain clues? Are there certain characteristics that good writers share?
Certainly a good writer writes well. They know how to create good books or articles or other pieces.
But to answer the question one needs to identify what a good writer needs to be good at.
Here are 5 questions to ask to determine if you are a good writer:
1. Do you write every day?
A writer must practice to be good. If you aren’t practicing every day then you probably aren’t a good writer. You aren’t getting the chance to develop. To try and find your unique voice. To see what works and what doesn’t.
2. Do you have a set time that you write?
It really isn’t absolutely necessary to write at the same time every day. It is necessary to create a habit. One common characteristic of all good writers is that they sit and write. Bad writers talk about writing but never actually sit and create articles or books.
3. Do you finish your writings?
If you never finish it doesn’t really matter how good you are technically. An unfinished book will never be published. It will never be read. And it never matter. You must finish the vast majority of what you start.
4. Is writing a craft or an art?
Some writers believe that writing is high art. You create beautiful phrases and string wondrous prose together. And on a dark and stormy night, good writers laugh. A good writer believes that writing is first and foremost a craft. It has a set of rules, and techniques and tools. And it may, upon occasion, produce a piece worthy of the term art. But usually it produces a piece worthy of the craftsman. And that’s all that can be asked.
5. Do you read voraciously?
Now I didn’t ask if you read everyday for a reason. Some writers write in bursts. They lock themselves away in closets and spare rooms until they finish the draft. And then they crash. But when the work is done and the draft put to bed, they read. They read voraciously, devouring book after book. Why is this important? There are only two ways to learn to write. The first is practice. The second is to learn from others. Unless you read constantly you can’t know what the standard is for a writer. You can’t judge good. You have nothing to judge yourself against.