Is it better to write a good book or write the book well

Is it better to write a good book, or write the book well?

It's better to write a good book.
People are interested in the characters and the story, not in how well you describe a person holding a cigarette.
Stephen King in his book "On Writing", says this much better than I can.
I see this a lot in my writing group and in my editing work.
People get hung up on  using just the  right word in a sentence, when really they should be asking themselves "Is this a good story? Would I want to read it?"
This is especially rampant with the current memoir craze.
Everyone feels they need to write their memoirs, but really, most people's lives are just not that exciting.
If you think you have some good stories from your life, then just tell those.
But don't go on and on about first grade.
Please.

“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
" – Cyril Connolly.
What is the difference between a good book and a well-written book.
They could be the same thing.
To differentiate, a 'good book' could be a successful one that sells – and a 'well-written book' could be one with integrity and originality.
.
.
that doesn't.
If this is the case, the answer, for people of integrity, is the quote I began with.

Is it better to write a good book, or write the book well?

It's better to write a good book.
People are interested in the characters and the story, not in how well you describe a person holding a cigarette.
Stephen King in his book "On Writing", says this much better than I can.
I see this a lot in my writing group and in my editing work.
People get hung up on  using just the  right word in a sentence, when really they should be asking themselves "Is this a good story? Would I want to read it?"
This is especially rampant with the current memoir craze.
Everyone feels they need to write their memoirs, but really, most people's lives are just not that exciting.
If you think you have some good stories from your life, then just tell those.
But don't go on and on about first grade.
Please.

“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
" – Cyril Connolly.
What is the difference between a good book and a well-written book.
They could be the same thing.
To differentiate, a 'good book' could be a successful one that sells – and a 'well-written book' could be one with integrity and originality.
.
.
that doesn't.
If this is the case, the answer, for people of integrity, is the quote I began with.

Is it better to write a good book, or write the book well?

It's better to write a good book.
People are interested in the characters and the story, not in how well you describe a person holding a cigarette.
Stephen King in his book "On Writing", says this much better than I can.
I see this a lot in my writing group and in my editing work.
People get hung up on  using just the  right word in a sentence, when really they should be asking themselves "Is this a good story? Would I want to read it?"
This is especially rampant with the current memoir craze.
Everyone feels they need to write their memoirs, but really, most people's lives are just not that exciting.
If you think you have some good stories from your life, then just tell those.
But don't go on and on about first grade.
Please.

“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
" – Cyril Connolly.
What is the difference between a good book and a well-written book.
They could be the same thing.
To differentiate, a 'good book' could be a successful one that sells – and a 'well-written book' could be one with integrity and originality.
.
.
that doesn't.
If this is the case, the answer, for people of integrity, is the quote I began with.

Updated: 10.07.2019 — 3:50 pm

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