The “Best” Type of Writing

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.”  Anais Nin

The “best” type of writing is hard to come by.

This type of writing doesn’t deter your attention with too many details, but does cause you to think very hard. Its simplicity forces you to ponder the depth of the story characters, the profoundness of a plot, the intricacy of life.

The “best” type of writing is unusual.

The very words and sentences awaken all of your senses, enhancing the story. It confounds the mind and amazes the heart and soul. It isn’t always rational, but still it speaks to the deepest parts of your being. The best kind of writing echoes its message through your very being.

This sort of writing is, quite simply, the best. That is, it’s better than good (in case you were confused).

But these are not the only characteristics of great writing.

It takes time and patience for an author to craft. And it requires even more effort on the reader’s part to digest and apply. But all in all, it’s worth it in the end.

This type of writing compels you, the reader, to share it. This separates good writing from the best writing. It’s so captivating and so memorable that you’re telling your family about it. You can’t wait to  tell your friends and co-workers. In your spare time, you write down tidbits on scraps of paper, on computer “stickies” or whatever you can find.

So, here’s the obvious warning to writers of all genres: Not all writing can be the “best”.

But, in my opinion, the best kind of writing is the only kind of writing worth exploring. It is the only kind of writing worth pursuing.

In your opinion, what’s the “best” kind of writing? What really captivates you as a reader?

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