Writers have often asked me, “Can you tell me what makes good writing? I mean in a few words, not a class.” Hmm … that is definitely asking too much, especially since I studied writing for many years, and I’m still learning.
However, the first point is 8 Cs of Good Writing, things that are necessary for good writing: clarity, conciseness, concreteness, correctness, coherency, completeness, courtesy, and characterization.
Next, know and use correct grammar in the narrative of the story or in paragraphs. If you don’t have strong grammar foundation, find a good grammar book or teacher. Readers must be able to understand the message and meaning of what is written.
I know of no easy way to learn how to write well, of no shortcut. One thing that isn’t often realized, though, is reading: reading well-written books, reading poorly-written books, reading books about writing, reading books in your preferred genre, and reading books in other genres than what you like. Learn from good writing and from bad writing. Don’t take for granted “experts” know it all. Don’t be afraid to try their ideas, but don’t be afraid to discard what doesn’t work for you – expect for the fundamental “musts” of writing (plot, characters, setting, good grammar in the narrative, etc.).
Finally, find a good writing group to join and grow thick skin. If you want your writing to improve, you need advisors and readers who are honest, not ones who only want to make you feel good.
I cover many tips and advice about writing, and this article does not substitute for more in-depth workshops and lessons. I only shared a general overview of writing, just a starting point.