The hallmarks of a good writer are fairly easy to distinguish. A good writer pulls you into their world. You follow them, read on through tiredness, anxiety or sameness. Life is going on somewhere else. Your only thought is to be with them, within their words. Without cliché or hyperbole, you want to know what they think or feel, you hang on to their every word, losing track of time. The most important thing is their voice in your head; the narrative voice that stimulates your mind and emotions. You may agree or disagree with the words, but they compel you to read on, you follow the words, as the children followed the tune of the pied piper.
The Pied Piper of Hamelin.
You might even laugh out loud, oblivious to your surroundings, or take out a note book to scribble down a quote or sentence. A good writer will embellish their words with a good measure of authority but not superiority. You believe them, and in return for your time their words leave you feeling subtly changed.
© Suzy Rigg