What Makes A Good Writer?

By on April 2, 2021

When it comes to being a successful writer, it certainly helps if you are a particular kind of person. While authors come in all shapes, sizes, and personality types, having particular traits can help ensure that you are committed to your writing and have the skills, dedication, and motivation to make a success of it, despite the challenges that all writers face.

So just what makes a good writer have? What qualities do they have? Let’s take a look at some of them:


Grit is defined as having the courage and resolve; strength of character - these qualities are hugely important in writers. It’s not an easy job but resolving to keep trying no matter what, being able to overcome obstacles, being true to yourself, and being brave will help ensure you continue to write, no matter how challenging it becomes. 


Being a good writer requires creativity and imagination and the ability to present ideas and create characters and worlds in an inventive way.


The best writers know that being organized is key. Organizing your workspace, your writing schedule, your research, and so on will help to ensure you are always being as productive and effective as possible.


Having a positive outlook can be a critical trait of a writer. The job is a tough one and the journey is hard, if you can remain positive, despite setbacks, you are far less likely to give up when things become challenging. 


Good writers know that the more exciting experiences you have, the more you have to write about. Become a yes person, push yourself, and have an adventurous spirit and you’ll always have a great bank of material to use in your stories.

A desire to learn

Writers are also academics, and there is always more to learn when it comes to being a good writer. So if you are able to commit to studying the craft and be open to experimenting and taking advice and practicing, you are far more likely to become successful in the end.

The ability to take criticism

Almost all writers will, at some point during their career, be told that their writing isn’t very good. How you handle these negative comments and rejections is absolutely essential. If you can’t take it and it makes you stop you might not get very far. Good writers have thick skins and realize that one person’s opinion shouldn’t be taken as gospel. 

If you already have the above qualities in bucket loads, you are probably already a great writer! However, if you feel you are lacking in some of these, don’t worry. The above traits are all things that you can work on, and if you take the time to do so, you should see not only your commitment and proficiency in writing improve but also your enjoyment of it - what’s not to love about that?!

Now you know all about what makes a good writer, let's discover what skills a good writers needs?

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