Thursday, January 26, 2012

Booking Through Thursday - Writing or Riveting?



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This week's question...

What’s more important: Good writing? Or a good story?

(Of course, a book should have BOTH, but…)

My answer...

This is a hard one because both go hand in hand. I really don't see how you can have one without the other. There could be great writing but if the story bores me, I won't bother with it. OTOH, if it's a good story but the writing is poor, I won't bother either. Poor writing is distracting (bad grammar, using the wrong names or tenses, misspelled words)can annoy me through the entire book.

If I had to choose one over the other, I guess I'd say good writing is more important but honestly I feel this is one of those Catch 22 questions and you really need both to make a good book.

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7 comments:

  1. I agree with you, but, since we had to choose one, you can find my answer here today. http://gigianns.blogspot.com

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  2. You said it with the Catch 22 label....and I agree, too, that bad writing ruins a good story. Perhaps if the writing is efficient, yet not brilliant, I might vote for story. But here's MY THURSDAY MEMES POST and here’s
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  3. I will go with either, sometimes I love love the writing and that makes the story good. While sometimes a good story can have bad writing and i still like it

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  4. You really need both.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/01/booking-through-thursday_26.html

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  5. I want both too, but in the end good writing wins. A book can be about essentially nothing, but if the writing's beautiful, I can fall in love with it.

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  6. I do want both, but if I had to choose....

    Hmmm....

    Good writing, I guess....

    Although I could always rewrite a good story....

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  7. Both would be great, but I can get past bad writing if the story is amazing, but not the other way around.

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