There’s this 1 question that I often think before starting and ending a book… “What makes a good writer?” What makes a person readable, bearable and finally likeable??
This question am sure should interest a lot of writers, bloggers and just readers.
So am starting this tag thing so that all of us can brainstorm what makes a good writer (I cant get rid of my newly learnt office jargon, damn!). Lets start with our 3 points of “what makes a good writer”. I start with myself…
For One, A brilliant writer is the one who is a perpetual storyteller. Every little, minutest of things in his work has a unique story to tell… A little story maybe, but a wonderful one for sure. Like how Mr. Rushdie has this story of ‘an inherited nose’ in his Midnight’s Children that runs through the epic novel like a never-ending Pagalguy CAT thread (a weird analogy, but never mind).
Two, the writers we love understand us. They know when the readers want to be surprised or shocked or happy or sad… They know their audience just too well. JK Rowling knows the pulse of kids across the globe. Chetan Bhagat knows the youth’s sensibilities beyond gadgets and fast food. & a Ruskin Bond knows that his audience is looking for a quite moment and he gives them just that with his description of the hills and the trees amidst a little story in the background.
Three, Writers are men of courage. Period. They don’t fear exposing a group or a religion or a even an entire nation. So many of the great writers of our era are actually desh-nikalass. Neither do they fear describing repugnant things like ‘dirt and dung stuck on the back of an old sandle’, ‘the smell of sweat’ or ‘the texture and density of excreta’. Hehe. Seriously, writers do this brilliantly. They actually observe and describe stuff like shit as a work of great art!!!
So What are your 3 points ??