I posted this Question under my questions asked, and I seemed to have gotten a bit of responses, so I ask the question in a forum because I feel it gives off some sort of strive to improvement in writting. Please feel free to answer this forum.
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No, at least not my poetry, which most of my writing consists of....because poetry is a heart-thing and comes easily, and is rather unsusceptible to most judgement.
But in other types of writing, yes, because I don't take the time to research much that should be researched. But even with that, it's my lack of ambition that keeps my writing from being "good".
(sigh) if it were good, I suppose I'd be making money from it! haha
Well, there's one thing about writing/writers..
Seems the most well-known and effective ones become "good" later on----even after they're (gulp) deceased.....
Must we wait that long???!! Oh my! hahaaa
I don't think your ability to make money on your work is a great indicator of how good it is. Like you said that are a number of authors who weren't considered spectacular in their own time that we worship now and a lot of really terrrible writers that make a lot from their work.
After I read certain authors, yes. There are some writers I will just never equal.
That's me too. I read stuff all the time that is just so totally humbling. I pick up stuff by McCarthy or Nabokov or Pessoa or Wharton ... the list is really long ... and it's just like, "Ugh, I am always going to suck."
I think as writers, we just have to keep reading the great, great writers and watch how they write, study their word choices and their economy, look at what the DON'T put in their work as much as what they do, and, if we keep writing and reading all the time, we will get, well, as good as we can.
Hopefully someday it will be "good." You know? But at least it is fun and gives us joy, and sometimes, on blissful occasions, it gives others joy too. I'd rather get a big fat check, but I'll take that other one in lieu of payment while I work on my technique.
In my mind, even my poetry isn't immune. If people don't get anything out of it, if I don't feel that I have expressed my point or if there are glitches that people can detect as they go through it I love hearing about that. A glitch is an invitation to improve. No sense in getting depressed about it, if you fix it then you are giving yourself a chance to grow as a writer.
For someone who has a really nasty internal judge,like in my case, that is every day reality :-)!It is both a curse and a blessing. A curse because you are never happy with yourself and don't really enjoy your successes, and a blessing because it helps you get better, by searching to perfect your writing style.
It is an ongoing struggle for me, and is not limited to my writing, I fear...I had to chuckle at Greek One's response...yup, just a click of the publish button has triggered self-doubt a time or two or three for me! lol!
I think I always need to think that my writing isn't good enough, otherwise I would stop writing. If I finish a piece and then look at it and think "It could be better." then I will try to do better every time I put my pen to paper.
If I decide finally that I'm great I've probably ceased to be good at all, as I will no longer be trying.
All the time! However there are times when I am impressed by my writing, but such occasions are rare.
I truly believe that each of us does his/her personal best at any given moment.
Getting better at writing is only possible by writing more (writhing as well). Perfection does not exist...
Besides, not good enough for what?
What makes you write in the first place? Money for me is not a motivator, because my hubs are not a Gold Mine. LOL But it is my choice of content, I am not a commercial writer or artist.
All the time - it's difficult to believe my writing is good enough to serve the purpose its meant to serve.
I think I am a good writer, at least of non-fiction. Haven't attempted fiction in decades. Could I become a better writer? You betcha. Good is nice, but I want to improve on that.
Sure. When i feel incompetent, I just go do some hub hopping and that usually cheers me up immensely.
Yeah, pretty much every single time I click "submit". Thankfully, the majority of the Hubbers I've had the pleasure of interacting with either disagree with me, or are just entirely too polite to confirm my fears, lol.
For whatever it's worth though, you don't get over 300 "followers" and a score over 90 by being a sub-par writer.
I'm not sure that's true, Yes, it can be true for some, but I don't think it has to be.
Case in point: I'm a careless writer and overuse certain words like 'however" and "therefore". I tend to leave out important details and punctuate wildly. I'm not saying the results are terrible, but I'm pretty sure no literary agent will ever call me. It's not "good", it's just "ok".
So, I guess it depends on what standards you want to judge yourself by.
I feel like my writing leaves much to be desired,mostly after I finish reading other authors work.
Always, the day I believe my writing IS good enough I have become arrogant enough to think I have nothing left to learn.
Good enough for what? I like to write. I make a few bucks writing. I even enjoy reading some of the junk I've written in the past. As it says in my own "Godwin inspired" self-written bible-Don't worry, be happy! Wait... that's merely an old song! I'll add the obviously profound proverb to my bible though!
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