Good writing.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

One of my favorite Harlequins.
I am an taking a linguistics course. I hate it. I thought it would make my writing stronger, but I'm no longer convinced.

Anyway, I have to do a major research project as an end of course assessment. For my topic I plan to examine the difference between 'love stories', or more mainstream novels, like those by Nicholas Sparks and romance novels, mainly Harlequin.

I don't believe there is much difference in the writing. It is widely known that romances are looked down upon as poorly written and love stories are hailed as literature. I've read both, and I can't seem to see much difference in the quality of the writing.
Possibly my favorite Sparks.

So I plan to analyse two (or more if two isn't enough for the scope of the project) examples and look at differences. The only real problem is that I'm finding it impossible to work out just what exactly good writing is. What qualities does it possess? What linguistic properties, for example does it have a higher lexical density or more complicated clause structures (riveting, I know).

So today, it is likely that instead of writing what I hope would be considered good writing, I'll instead be researching just what comprises good writing.

What do you think constitutes 'good writing'?

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