Have you ever doubted yourself whether you are a good enough writer? Have you ever thought to yourself that your work is bad?
What does it mean to be a good writer anyway?
Being a good writer is very subjective. Hand your work to someone who who likes what you make and it will be the best in the world. However, if someone who does not even like the genre you are writing reads it, or someone who does not even read do get their hands on it… it might be as great as a burning pile of steaming hot garbage. Hahahaha…
Don’t fret about it too much. Write for your readers, and in a way, write for yourself. If you are happy with the result, and most important of all, you can get your story out and on paper (or screen…), you’re probably a good writer.
It’s mostly about getting your ideas out of your head and into the hands of your readers. A good writer would be able to turn the images they see in their mind into words to which their reader would be able to use to create an image into their minds. While it is true, that there are a lot of technicalities that may make one writer better than another writer, but I think it boils down to their ability to transmit their messages to their reader.
What kind of writer are you? Fiction writers need to be able to paint with their words. Non-fiction writers need to be able to convey facts clearly. If you are able to do so, you are probably a good enough writer, yeah?
Also, we are our own worst critic. I wouldn’t be surprised if you find your own work to be garbage, even though it probably isn’t. Don’t listen to your inner critic too much. Just keep working, just keep trying. Your writing may be rough at the beginning, and that is fine. You will have to polish it up more than once to make it shine.
If you reach a point where you are really having a hard time writing to the point where you see your work to be a terrible piece, step back a bit. You’re probably overworked. Hahaha…
Don’t give up on your writing. It might just be that your work have not reached its intended audience just yet, or if it did, you could always work on it more.
How do you know if you have improved? Pick any old work you have done – preferably something you have done years ago. If it makes you cringe and embarrassed, congratulations! You have improved, and have certainly grown better than when you wrote that specific piece.
You are a writer if you think yourself as such and are able to craft words for people to read. I think the biggest difference between a good writer and a mediocre one is that one of them did not stop improving on their skill.
Have a nice day, and keep on writing!
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