ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Books, Literature, and Writing»
  • Commercial & Creative Writing

What Makes You a Good Writer? Using Words Creatively

Updated on April 9, 2013
Writing is fun! Sky diving is another matter!
Writing is fun! Sky diving is another matter! | Source


Today I did something new and exciting. I did something that I have never done before. It wasn’t as exciting as say . . . skydiving . . . thank goodness! Although there may be some of you who think skydiving is exciting, I do not – lunacy, maybe -- but not exciting.

So you may be asking yourself, “What was it that she did that fell (no pun intended) somewhere on the excitement scale between skydiving and sleeping?” I won’t hold you in suspense for too long. I applied for my first job as a freelance writer! I stepped off the deep end now and there is no turning back!

So Many Questions

Now it’s scary and exciting all at the same time. So many questions are running through my mind. Did I answer their questions correctly? Will they even consider me with only 8 weeks on HubPages as the sum total of my career as a writer? Will they contact me if the answer is no or will they just leave me hanging? These are just a few of the questions that are keeping me awake long past my bedtime.

But during the application process they asked a question that I had never really thought about. It’s a very easy question. In fact, the answer was a lot harder than the question. Their question was, “Please write 150 words on ‘What Makes a Good Writer?’”

How would you answer that question if you found yourself face to face with it? Could you answer that question right there on the spot?

An Easy Question with a Difficult Answer

Like I said, an easy question that I had not really considered before. I don’t know why, but to me it’s a more difficult question than, what makes a good mechanical engineer? Or, what makes a good driver? It just can’t be answered as easily. It’s somewhat nebulous; and then you have to consider the source – a company looking for a writer. I wanted to know what they thought was a good writer because that certainly would be the right answer.

And as a writer, it suddenly dawned on me that this is something that I should know! If I don’t know what this is, then how will I ever know that I’ve reached the mark? How will I ever know what my goals should be? It really is an important question. Have you come up with what you would say to that question?

Source

Say What You Mean

Since having filled out and submitted my answer, I had even more time to think about it and ponder if I answered correctly. I googled, ‘what is a good writer.’ On about.com there was an interesting quote in response to my query.

"A good writer is simply one who says all he wants to say, who says only what he means to say, and who says it exactly as he meant to say it." (Ferdinand Brunetière, Honoré de Balzac, translated by Robert Louis Sanderson, J. B. Lippincott, 1906)

How Many Words Does It Take?

That quote gave me even more to think about, because when I answered their question, I was not able to even come close to 150 words like they specified which left me with even more questions, such as, “Would they consider that to be good or bad?” According to the quote I just mentioned, less is probably better. But the thing that bothers me most about this quote is that it never mentions the reader, or the responsibility that the writer has in making himself understood. Without a reader, what is the purpose of writing? Without a reader, why even bother? Even someone making entries in a journal or diary knows what their purpose is. And since it is written with the intent that no one else ever see it other than themselves, they are their own audience.

Have I got you thinking yet?

Do You Have to Know Where You Are Headed?

I looked again at Google. I found an interesting answer to the question at eprep which stated, “It’s a question that appears to have some magical, formulaic answer. . .(but) great writing doesn’t simply happen; it takes time, struggle, and a willingness to accept that sometimes you won’t know where you’re headed.”

What? Well that seems to have just blown knowing the purpose of your writing. How could you not know where you’re headed? But . . . just maybe there’s some logic in that. I'm writing now, and although I knew when I started that I wanted to coerce you into thinking about the answer to this question for yourself because every writer should know the answer to this question, I also knew that I would share my answer with you, but I did not truly know how I was going to go about accomplishing these two tasks and join it together cohesively.

So I knew my purpose was to get you to think about what you thought a good writer was and then share with you what I thought a good writer is. But I have to concede that I wasn’t entirely sure how I was going to get there.

But that is one of those magical things about writing. As a creative process, it grows and changes and expands, sometimes taking on a life of its own. I used to create beautiful pictures with paints, but now my canvas is the blank page staring back at me, and my paints are the words that I use. And words can be quite powerful. They can be used to incite, or to excite. They can be used to woo, or they can cause much woe. Words can evoke pictures in our minds and feelings in our hearts. Words are the tools that a writer uses.

Well, do you have an answer yet?

Have you ever thought about the answer to this question before?

See results
The role of a writer . . .
The role of a writer . . . | Source

A Good Writer Is . . .

Here is what I wrote: “A good writer can take a subject, almost any subject, and through the use of the written language convey to the reader concepts that may be new to the reader, but do so in a way that the reader can comprehend. This is accomplished by knowing the audience for which the written word is prepared and being able to skillfully impart that knowledge to the reader through a written presentation suitable to convey their intended meaning to that intended audience. This may entail a careful analysis of the audience to determine their ability to comprehend what is being conveyed while at the same time investigating and shaping the material to accomplish the impartation of that knowledge.”

I don’t know if that was the correct answer or not. I'm not even sure there is a 'correct' answer. But it was the only answer that I was able to come up with on the spot. My response to their question only came up to 116 words. But what more was there to say? What could I have said? I would like to hear your answer, so that if I am ever faced with this daunting question again, I will feel better prepared to answer it. What do you think? What makes a good writer . . .

By the way . . . I did not get the job, but there is always next time!


All Rights Reserved

Copyright © 2011 Cindy Murdoch (homesteadbound)



Your Future is Waiting! Do you feel you have great information or stories to share with others? Sign Up Here. . . It’s quick, easy and free to join HubPages!

Comments: "What Makes You a Good Writer?"

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Kulthum - Perhaps great minds think alike. Although at times we write only for ourselves, if we do choose to write for others, we must always consider them as we write. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

    • profile image

      Kulthum 5 years ago

      I stumbled upon your article while I was during research for an article I'm currently working on. Funny enough this is the question that stumped me too. I really enjoy your piece here! It's exactly how I would describe a good writer, "thought-provoking, interesting and able to captivate the intended audience from start to finish."

      Great article!

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Tha Grrl - I would have a hard time with phony and unethical. I did not get the job, but I keep writing and looking for opportunities. Thanks so much for stopping by!

    • That Grrl profile image

      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      I get a lot fewer of the freelance jobs I apply for online these days. There is a lot more competition and standards are changing too. They want different things from writers now. I find it's sometimes really phony and more unethical (more marketing oriented than I feel comfortable with).

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      kellyward! I am pleased that you enjoyed this one!

    • profile image

      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Great hub! SHARING this one!

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      I think your answer is wonderful, in separating the writer from the writing. This if difficult to do however, because the two are interwoven when coming from the pen of a truly good writer. The voice is able to come out so loud and clear that the two become inseparable. You have brought forth some great thoughts for those who care to read, and for that I am grateful. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with me. i value them greatly!

    • B. Leekley profile image

      Brian Leekley 5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      This hub is well said. I bookmarked it into a creative writing file and shared it with followers, Twitter, and Facebook. The question is one that a writer or a writing group can productively return to again and again.

      Your answer is very good as far as it goes. I would go further into the question by distinguishing between a good writer and good writing. A writer is one thing--a person--and the writing another. If a writer grows in character and becomes a better, more mature, wiser, more compassionate, etc., person, the writing will get better, too.

      As regards good writing, I would distinguish between denotation and connotation. Good writing not only conveys the author's meaning clearly but conveys and evokes the author's feeling. When I go hubhopping, it is easy to tell good writing from bad writing--I can't make sense of the bad writing, but I am most attracted to the hubs that are not only well written but from which (as from yours) I get a sense of a sincere person with a good heart and with a take the ups and downs of life with good cheer attitude. That comes with character growth and can't be faked. That aside, a writer can give a hub a core emotion--the satisfaction given by a favorite recipe, the concern stirred by a social problem, the bewilderment brought by a question like, "What makes a good writer?", and so on.

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      teaches12345 - I am pleased that you found some useful information about writing in the hub. Writing for someone does require keeping their wants, needs, desires, and interests in mind when writing. This is required of a good writer. Thanks so much for stopping by!

    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I had to read your hub as I am wanting to learn as much as possible about writing. You pointed out some good suggestions on writing simple, keeping it readable and enjoyable for the reader. Thanks for sharing.

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      JSParker - Thank you for your kind words. I enjoyed what you said about writing being a science and an art. That was interesting to me. Thanks for stopping by!

    • JSParker profile image

      JSParker 5 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      This hub is inspiring, and that is one sign of good writing. A good writer produces good writing, which I think is both science and art. Science as in using grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure plus the elements of composition. But art as in the spark of creative imagination that makes those words come alive to excite the mind of the reader.

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      PDXKaraokeGuy - What was the definition by Balzac? Thanks for stopping by!

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile image

      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      good question, cindy... and I like the definition by Balzac. It fits my philosophy at least

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Amy Becherer - I like your definition as well - "a unique expression of a relatable idea...words that hit a note...goes beyond." Thanks so much for the birthday wishes.

      sholland10 - Writing what you know is definitely easier and your confidence in what you are writing will shine through. Despite that, I find that I like learning about new things so I do lots of research and write about interesting things quite a bit.

      AudreyHowitt - As is true with so many things in life, we all will come up with our own unique answers to the questions we all find ourselves answering.

      Marcy Goodfleisch - Glad you stopped by and glad you enjoyed the hub.

      Gracefulwriter - Glad you found your book.Good luck on the decision that you are facing.

      jonmcclusk - Thanks so much for sharing that this piece gave you a good positive feeling. That means a lot to me.

      To all of you - thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. You all worked together to give me a truly wonderful birthday present. Thank you - each of you!

    • jonmcclusk profile image

      Jonathan McCloskey 5 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

      This is very motivating, gave me a nice positive feeling that helps me think of new and ever expanding ideas. Good hub and a great writer!

    • Gracefulwriter profile image

      Gracefulwriter 5 years ago from Northern Virginia

      Hi homestead .. I did find my book .. YAY! I had a job interview & want to take the job, but it conflicts with my childcare situation so I'm very torn. Just giving you follow-up.

    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      I like the way you captured the essence of what writers (good ones) do! Great hub - voted up, useful and awesome.

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Vinaya Ghimire - I like how you have stated this. Your comment made me think of something else as well. In order to become a writer, a risk is taken - putting the writing down on paper and sharing it. Until that happens, you are not a writer.

    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      This is a question that we all ask ourselves I think. And I think it is important to ask and answer it for ourselves--I loved your answer!

    • sholland10 profile image

      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      HSB, very thought-provoking. I think I may always have a problem with "less is more" because I like talking too much. LOL You and the person quoted are right about writing what you know. I have had to write about things I didn't know, and it is a struggle. Not that I don't get writer's block, but writing what I do know just seems to flow. Thanks for writing such great info! :-) Votes and shares!!

    • Amy Becherer profile image

      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      With so many writers, as we all are in some way, at some time in our lives, and most ideas already old news, it seems to me that it is the unique expression of a relatable idea. It is the assemblege of words that hits a note...an idea that goes a notch beyond how we have already thought. Your article is uplifting and inspirational. You've got it, girl. Happy Birthday to you.

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I think an urge to say something and language skill makes a good writer. Any random person may have idea inside his/her mind, but only good writer has skills to execute his/her idea in words.

      Happy birthday Cindy!

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Gracefulwriter - Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I do hope you find your book. I love my books and hate it when I have misplaced one. Thanks for the thoughts and prayers. God is in control and what is supposed to happen will. When you do decide upon an answer, I hope you return and share it here. Thanks so much!

    • Gracefulwriter profile image

      Gracefulwriter 5 years ago from Northern Virginia

      Good for you! You set-out for something, tried it & that's important. I had a GREAT book on Freelancing by Moira Allen. I lost it this week. Keep a prayer that I find it, please. I will pray for success in your next shot at a paying job. I've enjoyed your mind-joggles. Stll working on the answer to that question. It means so many different things at different times, but I'm working on it.

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      GoodLady - I am pleased that you enjoyed the hub. Yes your mother was very wise and clever. And yes, you are correct, a good writer would have a unique point of view. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing you thoughts.

    • GoodLady profile image

      Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      My mother asked me who I was writing my book for?

      It was the key question after asking what the book is about?

      Clever mother.

      Your Hub was a lovely piece of writing and your answer was clever. I'd add that a good writer has a unique point of view, naturally.

      Loved this Hub which is wonderfully thought provoking.

      Thanks.

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Minnetonka Twin - Yes, there is so much to learn about this whole process, from learning how things are done on hubpages, the writing itself which includes all that SEO stuff, and then the promotion of the finished piece. There hardly is enough time in the day to accomplish all of it. Thanks for the points that you have added to this piece.

      Thanks for stopping by and many thanks for the votes.

    • Minnetonka Twin profile image

      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Hi Cindy-Thanks for sharing this process with us because it's really helpful. There is so much to learn. Regarding the question on what is a good writer-I think a good writer is someone that writes their experiences from the heart and brings the reader with them on that journey. Writers hopefully intrigue, entertain and educate. To me, the bottom line, no matter what topic your writing about, is the passion behind the writing that brings the reader into your world and experience. Thanks for making me think about it. I hit many buttons. BTW-Thanks for help with my questions, I really appreciate it. I was surprised when you reminded me you've only been on Hubpages for five months. Your doing great here and it seems like you've been here longer.

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Millionaire Tips - Where were you when I had to answer that question? That is an excellent addition. Next time I have to answer such a question I will have a better answer.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

    • Millionaire Tips profile image

      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      How did I miss this hub? That is a tough question and you had a great answer. I have a feeling they were more interested in your ability to communicate your answer than the answer itself. Would I add anything? I think that a good writer also produces a passion and excitement to the reader, and possibly motivates him or her to action.

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Tracy Lynn Conway - Unfortunately, I did not get the job, but I will keep trying until it happens. It will eventually happen because I am not giving up on it! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Tracy Lynn Conway profile image

      Tracy Lynn Conway 5 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Great hub! I am dying to know what happened with this job. I just wrote a hub on the topic of writing and I was glad to see some overlapping ideas; the road to truth has many paths. I really liked the quote by Ferdinand Brunetière, Honoré de Balzac.

      Tracy

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Marlin 55- I have read a few of your very interesting adventures - never quite sure how far my leg is being stretched by your stories that are so artfully crafted. Thanks so much for your insight on what makes a good writer. There are so many different aspects to think about.

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Gracefulwriter - congratulations on your first post. Sometimes it is hard to make that first step, but have accomplished that and you are on your way. I too want to be a writer utilizing the accepted skills and rules for writing. Good luck in your journey and welcome to hubpages.

    • Marlin 55 profile image

      Marlin 55 5 years ago from USA

      Great hub. I think all of us have a different answer and of course they are all correct. Like Mr. Miagi say, "If come from inside, it right way. That's the creative side and there is no getting around the mechanics of creating a top notch story that takes the reader from beginning to end. It's the flow of great writing. Thanks for all the wonderful articles they are a pleasure to read.

    • Gracefulwriter profile image

      Gracefulwriter 5 years ago from Northern Virginia

      I did something exciting yesterday, I wrote my 1st HubPages post. I am in the same place..acknowledging that I AM a writer, want to write and want to get PAID for my writing. I tell fellow writers (as another posted), you're a writer if you write. However, there are accepted skills and rules for writing; I want to be both.

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      rLcasaLme - I'm with you. I too will constantly strive to be a better writer. There is so much to learn that goes with successfully writing on the world wide web!

    • rLcasaLme profile image

      rLcasaLme 5 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      A better writer is something i'll always aspire to be.

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Hello, writeronline! I will check it out. Thanks for the invitation. I am on the fast track and trying to learn as fast as I can!

      Thanks for stopping by again. You can come back anytime!

    • profile image

      writeronline 5 years ago

      Hi homesteadbound, me again. I just thought I'd mention a hub I posted a little while ago that you may not have seen, but which might provide a little more insight into the writing processes that help produce good work. It's a collection of working tips and advice from successful authors, that apply equally to online and hard copy writing. I won't crassly link it here in your Hub, but if you're interested, look for "Working Tips And Quotes From Famous Writers That Will Make You a Better Online Writer" via my profile page.

      PS: That's an *invitation*, not a promotion...

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      As a matter of fact, writeronline, I have started writing some fiction about 6 weeks ago. I was going pretty good for a while and then I didn't necessarily like where my characters were taking me. I am getting more comfortable with it now, and am ready to start working on it again. In fact I just purchased a book today about writing fiction, so I am definitely headed in that direction. But yours was a very good question.

      Writing in general is just something that is so new to me that I am having to overcome some fear issues. In fact in October early November, I composed my first poem, Bittersweet Visitation. My husband's reaction to it was not so good, and the fiction piece I am working on follows along the same vein, so I was afraid of his reaction to it. But I have overcome that and can now move forward.

      The poem was about a lost first love, and he felt I might be pining for a lost love.

      I will venture over to read your piece, if not tonight (it is 2:08 a.m.) then tomorrow evening. I have to work tomorrow.

      I have grown a lot as a writer since writing this piece. Heck, I've grown a lot since beginning to write in August of this year. I am pushing on the sides of my box because I have never liked being confined.

      I hope to continue to grow, and I know that I will do so with other great writers like yourself pushing me to do so. Please continue to offer the constructive criticism I see so evident in your answer. I have finally discovered what I want to be when I grow up (LOL! I'm 52), and I have a lot less time to do it had I chosen this career 30 years ago. But I have spent those 30 years working and living and gaining knowledge which will make me a better writer.

      Thank you so much for your probing questions that still cause me to think and ponder the answers. What do I have to lose? Even more important - What have I got to gain?

      Thank you so much!

    • profile image

      writeronline 5 years ago

      Hi homesteadbound, I'm sorry it's taken me so long to notice this. My loss, it's excellent, and has obviously provoked plenty of thought, judging from the comments.

      I'm not going to give my interpretation of the answer to the question that was posed to you. I like yours.

      As you know, because you've read some of my Hubs, it's not that I don't have an opinion on many aspects of effective writing....suffice to say that I agree with your identification of the audience as the most important aspect. No readers = no point.

      I do however, have a new question for you. In the comments above, you say "I want to write fiction so bad".

      Here's my question: "What's stopping you?"

      I spent my working life writing commercially. Not surprisingly, since joining Hubpages I've written a number of experience-based Hubs sharing tips about how to write for a living. But I've also, for the first time, tried my hand at free verse, satire, humour, truelife stories, and fiction. I've been pretty happy with the results, have received some great feedback (lifeblood to me, and I think most writers here), and am dangerously close to getting the bug to write more, and longer pieces. Fiction especially.

      That brings me to the other point you questioned in your article. About why would you start to write if you don't know what you want to say? I haven't started any of my fiction pieces with anything other than a blank sheet of paper, and a willingness to let the story reveal itself. Completely counter to the way I worked my whole career, and so much more fun. I just posted one trying to match the style of an author I admire, and in this case, I did have a point I wanted to resolve on. But no idea of how to get there. I mention that only because, If you feel like reading it, you might find a surprising relevance to that question of "Why start directionless?"

      Don't say,"I want to write fiction so bad". Just do it, homesteadbound. What have you got to lose?

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      nifwlseriff - you have really great ideas here! And the audience that you are writing to does make a big difference. Thanks so much for bringing more to the table for us to think about.

    • nifwlseirff profile image

      Kymberly Fergusson 5 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany

      Good article! I believe, as many have said above, that good writing is dependent on the the audience -- there is really not one right answer. Writing to teach is completely different to writing for a medical research journal, to marketing copy, to legal documents, etc. Of course being clear and unambiguous, consistent, correct (credible) and concise is invaluable. In today's society, being entertaining is becoming more important.

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      carol3san - I am happy that you enjoyed this article. I think we can all work at becoming better writers. It seems to be an unending process.

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • carol3san profile image

      Carolyn Sands 5 years ago from Hollywood Florida

      Hi Cindy. This is a great hub with wonderful info I'm sure I will benefit from. Thanks for publishing. Voted up and useful.

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      mljdgulley254 - I am pleased that you enjoy reading my work. A writer always loves to hear that.

      Welcome to hubpages, where we all get to think about the question, What Makes You a Good Writer?

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • mljdgulley354 profile image

      mljdgulley354 5 years ago

      homesteadbound, I love reading your articles and I love you reading mine and commenting on them. Your articles are captivating. When I begin one I have to finish it. Thank you for sharing your writing here on hubpages.

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      f, I speak of where a single word or letter could be the basis for fine artwork. I do not have much experience with tattoos.

    • profile image

      5 years ago

      YW, I see, ty.

      'I have found the artwork you have spoken of both interesting and beautiful.' — you mean, the illuminated manuscripts, or wording in tattoos?

      Blessings.

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      f - I find myself interested in many creative expressions, but find a lack of time to pursue them all. Calligraphy has interested my, but I have never pursued it. One day I might.

      Yes, I have found the artwork you have spoken of both interesting and beautiful.

      Thank you for stopping by!

    • profile image

      5 years ago

      YW.

      I liked the quote, too!

      Homesteadbound, does your interest in words extend to calligraphy? because it strikes me that careful word choice and artistic expression of them make an excellent combination (and a part of the exploding ascent of the tattoo industry harnesses this, too). You'll be aware, of course of Medieval illuminated manuscripts where a single word or letter could be the basis for fine artwork, too.

      Blessings.

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      f - thanks for the votes. I am pleased that you enjoyed the hub. I like the quote of Alexander Pope's as well. I do try to choose my words very carefully.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

    • profile image

      5 years ago

      Voted up.

      Good hub.

      Here's a good quote from Alexander Pope (writers ... and politicians ... take note):

      'Words are like leaves

      And where they most abound

      Much fruit of sense beneath

      Is seldom found.'

      Or, stated differently, choose words carefully.

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Hello, MonetteforJack! It is so good to see you again. Thanks for returning and clarifying. I appreciate it much!

      I agree that the 4 "c"s are very important. Thanks for sharing that information

      And thanks for stopping by!

      I really appreciate the comments and I appreciate you as a follower!

    • MonetteforJack profile image

      MonetteforJack 5 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

      Homesteadbound, my server and my computer are going awry many times that I failed to see your response to my feedback. Sorry about that ... Anyway, about the 4 C's --

      Clarity -- a good article is very clear in its message(s) and its contents, and adaptable to both targeted and variable readers.

      Correctness -- we know that it is important to be grammatically correct at all possible times; these include punctuation marks and symbols.

      Concise -- instead of dragging, a good article is brief and complete.

      Credible -- always write the truth, something that comes from the heart and what you truly believe in and know about.

      I follow your hubs :) You are truly an interesting writer and a prolific one and someone to look up to. Many more successes and God bless you!

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Hi Sueswan! Good to see you. I think the job passed me by this time, but I will keep writing and keep trying. I am pleased that you are willing to come back for more!

      Thanks for stopping by and for commenting!

    • profile image

      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi homesteadbound

      What makes a great writer? Well, I think you have covered everything so I have nothing to add except that I wish you the best and hope you get the job.

      I look forward to reading more of your hubs.

      Voted up and awesome.

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Ahydz - the comments that you have left on several of my hubs now have been well written, and eloquent. I believe that you are a better writer than you are giving yourself credit for. I too am a newbie as I have only been writing for 3 months. We all have to start somewhere, and I believe that hubpages is an excellent place to start.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a well written response.

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      MosLadder - Thank you so very much for your kind words. It is so wonderful to know when your (my) writing has made a connection with someone. I appreciate you taking the time to let me know.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Loi-Renee - If it was food for the mind, I hope you were able to also order dessert!

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Ahydz profile image

      Ahydz 5 years ago from Philippines

      I never consider myself a good writer, just a newbie-would-be writer. My interest is wide thus I find there are so many good things to write about and it confuses me where to start. Phew! This hub is very helpful!

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      sligobay - I am please that you enjoyed the hub. We do indeed write from our hearts, but it is true. Without readers it is for naught.

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Goonoo Munawwar - I can see where you would say that. Having to figure out what you want to say and no more, would make you definitely think about what you wanted to say. Thanks for stopping by!

    • MosLadder profile image

      Chris Montgomery 5 years ago from Irvine, CA

      homesteadbound, I knew I was going to learn a lot from you! Sure, you may be a writer if you write, but I guess that makes you a cook if you cook and an artist because you paint/draw/sculpt. Fortunately you have a personable style and a solid foundation to your writing, so you can add those two attributes to the question asked by your hub. Thanks for this one!

    • Loi-Renee profile image

      Loi-Renee 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Definitely food for the mind.

    • Goonoo Munawwar profile image

      Goonoo Muhammad Munawwar Muazzam 5 years ago from Triolet, Mauritius

      Twitter also helps you to become a good writer as you should be as concise as possible because you have to say everything in 160 characters! By the way nice hub and yes..voted up!

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      cookie512 - I am pleased that you enjoyed the hub, and glad that you stopped by! Thanks!

    • sligobay profile image

      sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

      Thanks for a wonderful article. We writers may write from the heart but unless it connects with the reader, it remains in limbo.

    • cookie512 profile image

      cookie512 5 years ago

      I really like this hub! Thanks for writing it! great writing!

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      christinepurr - you agree with Dyhannah, and I agree with you. The reader must be involved if the writer is to be successful. Welcome to hubpages! I'm sure you will like it here!

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Daniella Lopez - If you don't acknowledge the audience you probably won't make the connection that you need to make and the the reader may not finish your work, and they won't remember it. The opposite is true if you make a connection. Then they are likely to remember it and to share it with others. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

    • christinepurr profile image

      christinepurr 5 years ago

      I agree with Dyhannah, a good writer captivates! Evokes feelings within the reader. Great article, I'm new to HubPages but am already thanking the stars I've found such a wonderful site. Keep on writing!

    • Daniella Lopez profile image

      Danielle Lopez Newcomb 5 years ago from Arkansas

      Great hub and great answer! Many writers fail to acknowledge what "type" of audience they're writing to, therefore failing to get their point across. Voted up and congrats on applying for the job. :)

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      ugochi - I pleased that you were able to stop by and read a bit. Thanks.

    • ugochi profile image

      ugochi 5 years ago from Nigeria

      So nice and interesting.

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      CMHypno - I really like your answer. I think a good writer will definitely share part of themselves when they write.

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • CMHypno profile image

      CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      I don't know if there could ever be one right answer to this question, as all great writers are so different from each other. But maybe this is a possible answer? A great writer is someone who can put something of themselves and their personality into the written word, while still engaging with the reader

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      oezekeo - Thank you!

    • oezekeo profile image

      oezekeo 5 years ago

      exactly! a good writer is a better one

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Happyboomernurse - I wish I had discovered this years ago. And thank you.

    • Happyboomernurse profile image

      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      You're so welcome. It's a pleasure to see you blossoming here.

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Happyboomernurse - thank you! I love reading your hubs also. I want to write fiction so bad (and do it as well as you do), and it is starting to call my name much more loudly than it used to. But then, up until not too long ago did I even begin listening to that voice that kept inviting me to share my thoughts through the use of the written word.

      Thanks for being a wonderful encourager as I grow and learn in this journey!

    • Happyboomernurse profile image

      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      A good writer does what you do:

      Pays attention to the basics of grammar and language.

      Has a good understanding of the topic and/or does enough research to develop his/her knowledge.

      Keeps the intended audience in mind.

      Makes subject matter interesting through use of vivid examples, photos, and if appropriate, adding personal experience as examples.

      Stays on topic.

      Keep up the good work. I love your hubs.

      Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting.

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      jacqui2011 - thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I'm glad there was some one else who like me had not really thought of the question before, much less the answer! Glad you visited!

    • jacqui2011 profile image

      jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

      I had never really given much thought to your question before. What an awesome answer which I think covers it all. I totally agree with you that an audience is a big part of the writers work. You have taken a huge step and I wish you luck in your freelance career. I found this a very well written and thought provoking hub. Voted up and interesting. Best wishes.

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Matheus Andhy - I'm glad you found this info useful. I like to help people. Thanks!

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      MonetteforJack - You are making me smile - especially as I try to picture someone with 20 thumbs! All those things were so sweet. Like I have said in earlier comments on this hub, if I ever need a pick me up or a smile, I just need to come here. I have be absolutely bowled over with the responses and the outpouring of support from everyone. It has been absolutely wonderful and amazing!

      What are the 4C's of writing? I like your answer without know what the four c's are, it can't help but get even better!

      I say that we have both found a good place to write and learn togther!

      Thanks for visiting. We'll be see you around.

    • Matheus Andhy profile image

      Matheus Andhy 5 years ago from U.S

      y'r hub is useful... :)

    • MonetteforJack profile image

      MonetteforJack 5 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

      If I have 20 thumbs, I will raise all them up! :) You are a very prolific writer, HSB and I truly enjoy reading your hubs like the silkies and the creatures. I pray that you get the writing job because I feel your sincere desire in the writing profession and also, I am confident you can do justice to the job.

      I am totally with you in your answer. My version would be -- "A good writer is able to express knowledge, opinions, ideas and/or subjects, using the right form of print media, as well as applying the 4C's of writing with the purpose of sending the message(s) across and also gaining response from his readers."

      Similarly, I also find writing an exhilarating adventure because there is so much to learn, so many challenges, so much to do to hone the craft. Truly good luck and God bless!

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      raciniwa - I must be an amazing feeling to be living a lifelong dream. Not many people know what they want to accomplish in life at a young age. Thanks for stopping by!

    • raciniwa profile image

      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      i always dreamed of becoming a writer since i was young...thank you for sharing...

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Escobana - I agree that writing is a passion, especially if you are to do it well. And yes, to write with passion, it has to be a topic that you can get passionate about. I certainly understand the addictive part. Thank you so much! And thanks for stopping by and adding these wonderful additions to our discussion.

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      mary615 - I can tell by yor comment alone that you are a good writer. You express yourself very well. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise, not even yourslef. Thank you for your kind words. I look forward to seeing you again sometime.

    • Escobana profile image

      Escobana 5 years ago from Valencia

      Great Hub! I never thought about it. Asking myself that question. I do know writing is about passion and sharing that passion with others.

      I won't be able to write passionate about any food recipe, make up products or tips on how to sell your house.

      I would be lousy at it because there's nothing I have in common with those subjects. However, writing to me is self fulfilling, rewarding and extremely addictive when you write for people who actually read your work.

      Hubpages is a wonderful community with great writers like you! Nice to have met you:-)

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      sweethearts2 - That was such a nice thing to say. I really appreciate your kind words. I liked your use of words; they flowed so well, "A master of words and a capturer of the reader and conveyer of ideas." That was so well stated.

      Thank you for stopping by!

    • mary615 profile image

      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      What makes a good writer????I think you have to be a sensitive person to get your feelings across to your audience. That sounds pretty simplistic, I know. I think it helps to have some God given talent, too. Creative people like to write, just like we like to paint, play and listen to good music, appreciate nature, and on and on. I like to think I can write, but when I read some of your work, and works of other Hubbers, it makes me doubt. I do love to write, though. Good luck with the job!

    • sweethearts2 profile image

      sweethearts2 5 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      I hope your dream becomes a reality. No wait, it is a reality. You are there. A master of words and a capturer of the reader and conveyer of ideas. I hope you get the job - you most certainly have the skill.

    • homesteadbound profile image
      Author

      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      loanyi - thank you so much for your kind words. I am glad that you like my style of writing, because I sure enjoy writing it! Thanks for stopping by!