Thursday, May 7, 2009

One or the Other

I posed this question on Heidi's blog.

Is it better to be a fantastic writer or have a fantastic story?

What do you think? Would you rather have an incredible ability to wordsmith. To have a masterful understanding of the English language or to have a wonderful story that engages and entertains the reader.

I like all kinds of genres. YA, Chick Lit, Historical Drama, Humor, and even books that are considered literary. I also have a whole stack of books that are well written but I haven't finished them because the story isn't engaging enough.

I know you need both in order to succeed BUT if you could be stronger in one area or another, what would it be?


Heidi Willis said...

I hate that I'd answer this way, but I think I'd rather be a better story teller. Right now, I think I'm better at writing than story telling.

And I'm with you. I have a stack of books with beautiful writing that are still painful to get through. But give me a book that's a page-turner and I'll overlook most of the writing.

Am I shallow that way?

Kasie West said...

I hate to have to pick one because I really want to have both. But I think the plot is what drives me forward as a reader. I don't pay much attention to writing until it becomes really bad. LOL Well, I shouldn't say "I don't" . I should say "I didn't" because now that I'm a writer I notice everything. GRRRR. :)

JKB said...

I guess for me it's all about the story too. :(

Holly Kennedy said...

I think it's better to have a fantastic story, hands-down.

J.R. Johansson said...

No doubt, it is the story that is more crucial... but I'd hope to have both. :D

Patti said...

I agree with all of you. Story is the number one priority.