It’s a question every writer asks themselves and yet it can be one of the most elusive answers to obtain.
Most of us can string a sentence together, and those who are partial to a little write-off or two can usually string together something of evident intelligence, insight and/or warmth, but that isn’t necessarily enough to take your writing to more ambitious heights. To most untrained eyes, our writing is as good as it needs to be, and recognising flaws and weaknesses can be difficult – nigh-on impossible. It’s almost a rite of passage as a newbie to believe our first draft plopped out onto the page in near perfection, save for a few grammar and punctuation errors. Anything else is incomprehensible.
Professional-level fiction writing is layered with so many elements and it takes time to learn them all (and I’m assuming, dear writer, that pro-level writing