The Definition of Good Writing

I have some thoughts. I write them down. In a different time and place, you read my words one time and you know exactly what I was thinking. That's good writing.

My words are not only possible to understand. They are impossible to misunderstand. And, in fact, they are easy to understand. That's good writing.

Your first draft won't be a long sweet steady stream of good writing. But that's okay. As Robert Cormier noted, "The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon."

George Bernard Shaw noted that, "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." That's why I always recommend letting somebody read your writing before you share it with the people you wrote it for. That's how you make sure that your reader easily understands precisely what it was you were trying to convey.

That's what good writing does. There's no reason to make it complicated.

Updated November 19, 2017
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