What Makes Good Writing?

What Makes Good Writing?

The goal is to say things that other people want to express for themselves, but haven’t been able to.

So you’ve got to become a master of awareness and clarity for how YOU are feeling. 

You need to listen to yourself very acutely and then process that in your writing process into a feeling or situation. 

When someone reads that, and you’ve expressed a situation or feeling the reader has felt but has yet to express, they can say “YES this is me, this is describing how I’ve felt for so long, this speaks to me.”

Ditto for building relationships or leading people.

You want to help someone verbalize their hopes and dreams and fears and sentiments. And if you can do that, you’re one step closer to giving them the tools to analyze where they are and what they should do next.

This is the service writers provide. 

Because most of us can’t keep quiet enough to listen to ourselves. 

Most of us can’t hear our inner voice with a clear precision that helps us make positive progress. 

So we turn to writers to turn us on, shine a light on the human experience, and give us a sense we’re not alone.

Good writing starts with good listening. 

David Sherry