A lot of readers are aspiring authors. And every author I’ve ever met is a voracious reader. (Although, frankly, most don’t have nearly enough time to read for pleasure any more.) So, it shouldn’t have been a surprise when I got an interesting comment on my blog about quality of writing after I posted an installment in one of the serial stories I have running. The comment got me thinking. Writing is an art. But it is also a craft.
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As an art writing requires inspiration, the author’s unique view and perspective, creativity and observation.
As a craft it requires a grasp of the language, the mechanics of storytelling.
This is a wonderful thing. Because it means that all writers (the best and the worst) can grow, improve, and get better.
The plotting and the characters may be no better. (They may even be worse. Deadline stress can cause real problems for established writers, and it sometimes shows.) But the writing itself will probably have improved by leaps and bounds.
To prove my theory I pulled out first and most recent books in two different series:
Guilty Pleasures and Flirt by Laurell K. Hamilton; and
Storm Front and Turncoat by Jim Butcher.
You can’t learn the art part. But you can and should do everything you can to learn and practice the craft. Your readers deserve the best you can give them.
Fortunately, writing is something you learn by doing as well as by studying. So read. Then write. And keep writing. Then write some more. The results will show, even if you don’t notice it at the time.