This article is dedicated to Jane Yolen and Ray Bradbury (in memoriam).
A good writer writes something which is, by definition, challenging. He tests your ideas or beliefs. He challenges your vocabularies and personal history.
He challenges our comfortable morality. He challenges our linearity. He challenges our basic ideas about language.
A good writer passes on knowledge or wisdom to readers. He helps you to grow as a person. He helps you to connect more deeply with yourself. He reveals the truth about something.
writer is a person who uses written words in different styles and techniques to communicate ideas. Writers produce different forms of literary art and creative writing such as novels, short stories, books, poetry, plays, screenplays, teleplays, songs, and essays as well as other reports and news articles that may be of interest to the public. Writers’ texts are published across a range of media. Skilled writers who are able to use language to express ideas well, often contribute significantly to the cultural content of a society.
The term “writer” is also used elsewhere in the arts and music – such as songwriter or a screenwriter – but as a standalone “writer” normally refers to the creation of written language. Some writers work from an oral tradition.
Writers can produce material across a number of genres, fictional or non-fictional. Other writers use multiple media – for example, graphics or illustration – to enhance the communication of their ideas. Another recent demand has been created by civil and government readers for the work of non-fictional technical writers, whose skills create understandable, interpretive documents of a practical or scientific kind. Some writers may use images (drawing, painting, graphics) or multimedia to augment their writing. In rare instances, creative writers are able to communicate their ideas via music as well as words.
As well as producing their own written works, writers often write on how they write (that is, the process they use); why they write (that is, their motivation); and also comment on the work of other writers (criticism). Writers work professionally or non-professionally, that is, for payment or without payment and may be paid either in advance (or on acceptance), or only after their work is published. Payment is only one of the motivations of writers and many are not paid for their work.
The term writer is often used as a synonym of author, although the latter term has a somewhat broader meaning and is used to convey legal responsibility for a piece of writing, even if its composition is anonymous, unknown, or collaborative.
A good writer creates something wonderful or artistic. He writes something meaningful or significant. He helps you navigate reality.
A good writer is honest with himself. He is sometimes irritant. You can’t stop thinking about his opinions. He makes you remember home, summer, pets, and county fairs. He hurts your ears. He finds the boundaries of your heart. He speaks out of his convictions. He tells a story truthfully. His stories keep you young.
He is not a grammarian. He is seductive.
A great writer will change you forever. You can hear his characters.
His stories lift you above the mundane world. His writing has a lovely limpid quality.
He tells you a secret. You’ll hold conversations with him on the bus stop. He visits you in your dreams. He helps you to find your own voice.
He is the perfect librarian. The perfect editorialist. The perfect anchor news.
He chronicles our time.He thinks about our future. He breaks the rules.
He always asks “what if… ”
He mixes with love.
He leads you into the clearing where the magician appears. He is the magician. He is a healer.
He usually writes with one or more cats nearby.
He teaches you to be free to experiment with new things and associations.
The great writer is your grandma.
His brain is smart, but his heart and gut are wise. You listen to the great writer. He helps you to solve problems and dilemmas.
He is a good companion. He is funny. Sometimes he is weird and incongruous. But just for fun.
He never bores you. He shows rather than tells. He provides you with a full-fledged experience. He is dynamic, energetic, and vital.
You will construct a constantly new mental image of the world through his words, feelings, and ideas.
He helps you to see a difference between the words. He offers you a genuine experience. He does not look for a consensus of opinion.
Surely, he provides you with a rewarding experience.
So, he/she takes your breath away.
In essence, he/she rocks your world!
Marco Antonio Bomfoco is a lifelong language and storytelling enthusiast and a passionate advocate of quality education for all. He lives in southern Brazil. You can reach Marco at http://marcobomfoco.blogspot.com/
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