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Good writing won't save a bad story. Bad writing won't necessarily kill a good story. Thoughts?


I read something along these lines recently and I can't remember who wrote it. King? Hemingway? There's no excuse for poor writing, but I'm thinking about the value of a good story idea. Is a good story line so powerful that it can even withstand poor writing? Is a story line so vital that even good writing can't save a bad one? I published a really bad flash fiction story the other night here on HP. I pulled it down after a few minutes, but ten people got to witness my poor judgement. The writing wasn't the problem. It was the story line. Your thoughts?

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    Alan Robert Lancaster (alancaster149) 23 months ago

    I'm with you on this one. Book readers pay good money, so they should expect at least both a good story AND good writing. I have to admit I've let one or two typos through in editing my books, though.


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    Chris Mills (cam8510) 23 months ago

    Faith, Wow, there is some great input in these answers, your's included. Your last sentence sums it up well, "A good story becomes great when the writing is excellent." Thanks for participating in this question.


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    Faith Reaper 23 months ago

    I do believe when one writes from the heart, one cannot go wrong! Good points shared here, especially about the YouTube comments.


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    Chris Mills (cam8510) 23 months ago

    I agree, M. T. Dremer, that it is the responsibility of good writers to produce the highest quality writing for readers. In the day of self publishing, it is up to the writer to aim for a high standard.

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    Austinstar 23 months ago

    Now that you know what's missing from your stories Will, are you going to write about sex starved cowboys and injuns?


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    Faith Reaper 23 months ago

    Good points there, Mel.


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    Faith Reaper 23 months ago

    Those are great analogies there, Blair!


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    Chris Mills (cam8510) 23 months ago

    Sandeep, I can't disagree with your premise, but I'm wondering about some examples of such writers. If such writers have become famous, I would think it to be the exception rather than the rule. Thanks for participating here.

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    christinemariezzz 23 months ago

    Chris, You know the "soft boggy areas of land that give way underfoot" (dictionary def of quagmire) it's where the feet get wet! Perhaps that's where the storyline can begin to be told: Go for it! ~Christine


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    Chris Mills (cam8510) 23 months ago

    Christine, you've provided a very interesting answer that includes examples to give credence to your position. I appreciate your well thought out answer to this question.

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