If you wish to be a great writer then this is a post for you because today we are going to go into what it is that makes a great writer. In order to ascertain what skills the very best writers have, we are going to look at one of the finest writers out there at the moment, Roger Wolfson. Roger has worked in a wide variety of industries from law to television, and he also writes a frequently visited column. It is fair to say that Roger knows just what it takes to be an amazing writer and that is why we have chosen him as the example to which everyone else can learn from.
I am going to gloss over the part about great writers needing the ability to write and play with words, as that just seems a touch too obvious. Let’s take a look then at what the great writers possess.
There is so much about writing which we just don’t see and one of them is the research stage that so many writers will go through before they put a piece together. Even if they are incredibly knowledgeable about a certain subject they don’t know everything and that is why it is so important prior to putting pen to paper that the information they are going to be writing about is fully checked and ready to go. This is a very important part of the process.
There are so many styles to writing and the very best writers are not only able to use varying styles depending on what exactly they are talking about, they can also find their own style within it and add their trademark to anything that they do. If you think about some of the best writers that the world has ever seen you’ll recognize their work within the first few sentences, that is what sets them apart as being some of the very best.
Another trait which writers have, at least the very best, is an obsession with the piece of work that they are doing, an unshakable desire to tell the story in the right way and one which won’t relent until they have managed to complete the work that they had in mind. Many writers have a passion for the story of course but it is only the greats who get consumed by it, and by the weight of getting the message across in the right way.
Whilst writers do have an obsession to complete the story they are also known for being patient and not wishing to force the work. This could be character building, plot construction or even just daily writing, the work has to be organic and there is a commonly held belief that the story will come when it comes.
These are the key skill which the world’s greatest writers like Roger possess, do you have them too?