Natural flair, inborn talent, urge to express, fertile imagination, good command over language, rich vocabulary, and good knowledge of men and matters – are these sufficient to make one a good writer?
Not going back far into time but restricting myself to contemporary, modern writers, I find that the above-listed qualities are not sufficient. Writers of news reports, articles, form one category of the writing community, while writers of fiction, non-fiction, of different genres form the other.
The second category requires much more than the qualities listed above, mastery over storytelling and narrative style, for instance. Germination and development of the central plot, creation of characters to carry the plot, coherence in narration are some other essential qualities for an engrossing storyline.
Agatha Christie, the Queen of Mystery, used to weave a web with her words and drag readers along with a nose ring.
Irving Wallace was an acclaimed master storyteller.
Alistair MacLean was nonpareil in descriptive prose.
Frederick Forsyth has an uncanny and incredible eye for detail.
These are essential facets of effective storytelling.
The above are but a few examples of what I am trying to say. There are myriad other great contemporary, modern writers with their narrations and inimitable narrative styles for generations to enjoy e.g. Leon Uris, Erle Stanley Gardner, Arthur Hailey, Harold Robbins, to name only a few.
All the above and may more writers have left an indelible impression on the reader in me decades ago. Much later, when I took to writing, this impression was to carry over to my writing ability and style, too.
That will be fodder for thought in Part #II of this blog.
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