Booking Through Thursday asks,
I’ve seen many bloggers say that what draws them to certain books or authors is good writing, and what causes them to stop reading a certain book or author is bad writing. What constitutes good writing and bad writing to you?
Let’s consider bad writing first. There are a few things which I tend to identify with bad writing. Bad dialogue for one, particularly when all the characters speak just like the author does. Slow or uneven pacing is another. But worst of all is a writer who’s trying desperately to be clever but who ends up being transparent or predictable.
As for good writing, well, either the author becomes invisible in the face of an exciting story and well developed characters therein, or (and this is a bit more rare), the voice of the author takes center stage, and the entertainment is all in the telling of the story.