“The desire to write well cannot be fulfilled without hard work.^ — Dean Koontz
My friend Melanie B. Cee found this quote for me.
This quote resonates with another older saying “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well”. Coming back to “writing well” we first need to define what it means. For Dean Koontz who is primarily a novelist , writing well would require a lot of hard work. Plot, characters, dialogue, editing ; a novel takes a lot of hard work.
For bloggers , writing well (in my opinion) means content that is interesting and accurate. Again , blogging content can be further divided into the “evergreen” kind which always remains relevant and the “short lived” kind such as writing prompts, Q and A posts etc.
Evergreen content requires work. You need to research facts and validate opinions. Easy readability is also a prerequisite for a piece that is meant to last so the writing style needs some effort too.
With short lived content (which by no means can be excused for being substandard) you can relax the rules a little. I find short lived content or writing prompts so much fun to write that it doesn’t feel like I am putting any effort in it.
What do you think? How far do you agree with Dean Koontz? I would love to know.