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Rick Fielding BS: What Constitutes Good Writing? (129* d) BS: What Constitutes Good Writing? 16 May 03

A friend of mine (well it's Peter T) sometimes talks about writing in absolutes. This always confuses me.

What makes good writing to YOU?

Is Moby Dick neccessarily great writing because you were told it was when you were a kid? Is something riveting, exciting and impossible to put down.....that sells a tonne....neccessarily bad writing?

One of my favourite writers is Edgar A Poe. Likewise Davis halberstam, but I've never seen their names together in the same list. Might I be right in thinking that a person who loves Poe might never have even heard of halberstam?

Any thoughts on what makes "good" writing?


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