What Makes a Good Writer?

What makes a good writer? (Or rather what makes an outstanding writer?)

It has been said and argued many times that writers are born; they are not made (or is it the other way around?)…

One has to be born with a gift of words to become a good writer….one has to acquire certain skills to become a good writer..it’s not enough that you were born with the gift of words…

Confusing …right?

It is indeed …most especially if you wanted to kick off writing…

So for those who wanted to write but don’t know how…or even for those who are writing but can’t find a “spark” in their work..here is something that would be of great help.


What makes a good writer?

1. Artistry

This appeals to our sense of beauty. A person is said to be artistic if he knows how to appreciate something beautiful.


Do you have the skills to see the difference between what is beautiful and what is not? Or are you that somebody who just settle for what most believe to be beautiful? To write is to see the beauty that others don’t see…to write is to feel the gentleness and tenderness over what is piercing and plangent…to write is to hear the tranquility over hurly-burly…to write is to have a pleasing taste in the presence of bitterness…to write is to smell the aroma over malodor.


2. Intellectual value

A written work stimulates thoughts. It makes our mental life rich by making us realize the different fundamental truths about life and human nature.


Do you have the skills to pose thought-provoking ideas or notions? Or can you awaken the sleeping minds of those who don’t seem to care? To write is to amp up…brace ..energize…enliven…invigorate..animate…vitalize and vivify the minds and thoughts of those who don’t seem to care at all.

3. Suggestiveness

This is the emotional aspect of any written material this quality moves us deeply and stirs our imagination to work above and beyond the level of ordinary life and experience.


Do you have the capacity to create a conscious mental reaction over a strong feeling of love, anger, joy, hate, or fear? To write is make arouse pain, pleasure, attraction, or repulsion.

4. Spiritual value

A written material puts our spirit high by bringing out the understanding of moral values which leads us to become better people. It inspires us to acquire these values which we will cherish or put into practice, thus bringing closer to our Maker.


Do you have the power to make someone believe with strong conviction? To write is to stir up devotion..piety…

5. Permanence

It can endure the test of time. It can be read over and over again as each reading gives fresh enjoyment.


Do you have the skills to create a brand – new and pristine ideas that could withstand the test of time? To write is to stand up against time…

6. Universality

It observes no limits. It appeals to all, anytime, anywhere because it deals with the basic feelings of people, fundamental truths, and universal conditions.


Do you have the cleverness to produce what is true to all, at all times in all places? To write is to include or cover all or a whole collectively or distributively without limit or exception.

7. Style

This is the unique way in which the writer views life, forms his/her ideas, and expresses them. Great works are marked by their lasting substances and by their distinctive styles.


Do you have the power to be different…to be unique? To write is to be fashionable and elegant in a distinctively unique way.


quivering voice torn into pieces

jammed words dashingly sealed;

tongue-tied feelings suppressed…

yet a power uproars…

whispered unto thyself…

acclaimed thy heart..longing to blaze,

conformed thy faith, declared thy attempt…

to bestow equity thy affectionate feeling…

to love forever,…EVEN!



How To Become An Instant Poet?

Writing is …creating LIFE in words…life in words of anybody and anyone…like the tourist who’s busy taking beautiful photographs…unmindful of the fact that for every photo he takes, he possesses a thousand stories at stake…



Robin, a follower who has been generously sharing his (I am not sure if I am using the correct pronoun; maybe he is a she)…thoughts on almost every blog I wrote; has inspired me to work further on creative writing…this time let me share with you one important aspect that every writer should consider…



we may not reveal ourselves fully…we may not speak loudly what is in our hearts..we may not ask questions at times…we may not want to know the truth, but when we write we uncover our souls…we unleash our stories…we reveal ourselves…we come out naked…

Literature is…the baseline of all written materials

It is about our…



…Joys and problems






…Feelings & experiences

Is an expression of life in words of truth and beauty.

It is a written record of man’s spirit, his emotions, his thoughts, and aspirations.

It is the history and only history of the human soul.

One aspect of Literature which I wanted to focus this time is POETRY.

If we delight in the study of poetry & appreciate poems we usually have awareness of artistic features. Poetry has a very useful and serious function…it embodies the deep truths that reveal to us the complex living organism called HUMAN BEING

We are a complex human being… our complexities are as vague as the sky on a stormy day…but literature reveals some of that vagueness…


Poets are not only authors…

They are inventors of the arts of life

They are the teachers who draw into certain dimensions the beautiful and the truth

They are mirrors of the future who cast shadows upon the present…..



Let’s kick it off with this simple exercise…

1.People poetry


Direction: 1st line—–think of a love one (noun)


2nd line —–use two descriptive words to describe your loved one (adj., conjunction, adj.)

Gentle and sweet

3rd line—– tell what your loved one does and how he/she does it. (verb-adverb)

Loves tenderly

4rth line—–compare the qualities of your loved one to others or something else (use simile)

As the moon loves the night

5th line —–Have a wish

If only I could be with her


Now, let’s put this together



                    Gentle and sweet

                     Loves tenderly

              As the moon loves the night

              If only I could be with him…

Now it’s your turn…go ahead grab that pen..think of someone you love the most…Write a poem for him or her..then read it to him/her…..watch as you melt his/her heart out…Good luck!


2. Object Poetry

  • Directions: 1st line –think of something you would like to talk about (noun)


  • 2ND line- us two descriptive words to describe the thing (adj., conjunction, adj.)

Precious and beautiful

  • 3rd line – tell what the thing does and how it does it. (verb – adverb)

            Falls deeply

  • 4th line – compare (use simile)

As mysterious as the sky above

  • 5th line – have a wish

If only I could perfectly have it…


Now let’s put this together…


                       Precious and beautiful

                           Falls deeply

                  As mysterious as the sky above

                   If only I could perfectly have it…


Again, it’s your turn…go ahead grab that pen..think of something you adore the most…

Did you make it? Tell me…..let me know…

What makes a Creative Writer? (I could have done better)

It’s been a while since I last stop by..right? I say… I have been very busy… I always say that whenever someone asks me….but the truth is…I have lost the “spark” ….”spark” to write….”spark” to inspire…” spark” to create…until yesterday… I overheard a conversation between two people…


Woman: thanks a lot, it was so nice of you to do that…

Man: oh, (in an exciting tone)…it was nothing …

Woman: of course it was something…

Man: ahh I could have done more…


………..end of conversation……


(truth is, I chose not to listen further)

Really…we could have done more….done better…done the best…in life we always say that..we hear that from almost everybody and yet, at some point, we have also committed the “I could have done better” crime…and sadly though….there’s nothing you can actually do…not more..not even better…why? you simply lost the chance..the opportunity…the moment..the time…

And so there goes my “spark” again…I know I can do better with my crazy schedule; however, I chose not…i know I could have been my best; however, I chose to be at my least…the same way through writing…

thanks to two wonderful people who’s a conversation I overheard…

writing can be very tough…especially if you don’t know where and how to start…well, I believe, the hardest part in everything we do is the “beginning”…” the start”…so let me help you out…


1. Begin by Seeing with the Mind’s Eye


The human mind is like a picture album. It contains pictures or images of people, things, places, events, and processes that make up our knowledge of the world.

Thus, when we are asked to imagine the most beautiful person we’ve met..we open up a part of our mind’s album and see a photograph of who we believe is the most beautiful…

Creative imagination helps us solve problems and enjoy life. It makes us see things in a new light or from a different perspective (Hermosa, 2002).

Our mind is so powerful and versatile that we can do anything we want. It can transport us back in time.  Our mind is the basic tool we need to survive and thus improve the quality of our lives. It helps us see things clearly from the past…helps us make better associations …It can bring us closer to the future. Our mind can tell the future and tell us what can happen. It can help us understand the future.

SO, LOOK FOR YOUR MIND’S EYE…see the world clearly …remember….create….tell…


2. Sharpening the Senses


What makes you enjoy the world? What are the bases of your actions and reactions? Exactly! your senses. Now, sharpening your senses will enable you to define and describe everything clearly; even in a way nobody else has.

Work on this basic exercise: When you wake up in the morning, list down the sounds of your breakfast  the bacon sizzles right?….etc), the smells….the sights…and the taste of your breakfast. You will be fascinated at how many times you have missed the opportunity of appreciating the beauty of a single hard-boiled egg.


3. Feeling the line, the color, the texture


What makes a woman beautiful? You will probably say, her face, her color, her skin… What makes a man handsome? You will again say, his jaw, his shoulders, his eyes…Appreciating the lines gives you the ability to define a shape. Different kinds of lines are associated with certain feelings and ideas. Why are we tempted to pinch a baby’s chubby cheeks?

Colors evoke ideas and feelings too. Certain colors symbolize certain ideas. Texture refers to the objects’ feel to the touch.

If we have a better appreciation of these things we can create better thoughts which will bring out better descriptions.

SO, FEEL THE LINES IN YOUR FACE…who is seated beside you now?..feel the smoothness of his arms…are you tickled? his strong jaw…are you mesmerized? his broad shoulders….are you secured?


4. Painting with Words


When we share our experiences with others, we usually describe or narrate something. The same thing in writing..we tell…we narrate..we share…BUT this time we make sure we allow our readers to imagine our experiences through our words…

Build an exciting vocabulary:

For example, think of what people do to emit sounds…

Mutter     grasp  mumble  sigh  scream  hum  whistle 

Whisper  groan  pant  yell


Imagine saying ” I wish to whisper I love you in your ears..”

Instead of  “I wanted to tell you I love you..”


Imagine saying ” Her almond eyes lay perfectly on her oval face….”

Instead of ” Her eyes are beautiful…”


Consider how a single word can change the meaning of a single thought..better yet, imagine how a single word can melt the heart of your readers…go ahead try it on yourself…

SO, PAINT YOUR WORDS…provide colors…create movements…move places…talk with sounds…

Try this one: Describe a person. Use the photographer’s basic photography skill; ZOOM IN and ZOOM OUT.

To Zoom in- go near to his/her face. Describe facial features from the single strand of her hair to the chin.

To Zoom out- take a look from the distance. Note general details such as overall appearance, impression such as height, weight, color.


P.S. have fun writing and let me know…