Thursday, November 4, 2010
Booking Through Thursday
I’ve seen many bloggers say that what draws them to certain books or authors is good writing, and what causes them to stop reading a certain book or author is bad writing. What constitutes good writing and bad writing to you?
That is subjective. But I find that stilted dialogue is a problem. I need it to be natural, more or less how people actually speak. I can take thin plots and weak storylines, but give me bad and stilted dialogue, the book goes down. I once started to read a book that had a dialect. It was some southern (USA) country, post-slavery dialect. Good grief, I read maybe 10 pages of it, and gave up. I can't tell you if it was stilted, because I had no idea what was being said!!