‘Well-written’ – what does that actually mean to us?
A very short and sweet* musing from the Ink monkey.
We see the term ‘well-written’ banded around in reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Shelfari, all over the place in fact, but what does ‘well written’ actually mean to Kristell Ink?
Well, firstly, a quick search on the internet pulls up the following definition:
composed in a competent, and often entertaining, style (http://www.thefreedictionary.com)
I think this sums up what we’re after here in the office. Nowhere does this definition state that you have to use every modifier you can think of; or have to use a thesaurus to come up with an alternative because ‘oh God, I used the word coat earlier in this paragraph’. Good writing is honest writing with a purpose. Each word should be there for a reason. Each section and chapter needs to bring something to the book.
(We don’t believe in the strict ‘no adverbs’ rule either. Sometimes those –ly words are perfect to convey your message/emotion/action. It’s all about balance.)