What writers are good at

23 November 2008

28372_logo

Mark Lawson had an interesting insight about writers and their strengths while writing about Michael Crichton after his recent death. He suggested that writers could make a living if they were good at one of three things: narrative, ideas, or prose.

Novelists can still flourish within different markets if their essential talent is storytelling (Jeffrey Archer), thinking (John Berger) or crafting sentences (John Updike), but it is exceptionally rare for an author to have the gift of all three.

Crichton, he reckoned, managed two of the three – narrative and ideas. Those who can do all three are rare – Lawson suggests that John le Carre is the best example.

The illustration is from podbean.com.

Advertisements

One Response to “What writers are good at”


  1. My agent says he’d rather have a good writer with a great story than a great writer with a lousy story.

    drtombibey.wordpress.com


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: