Many factors mitigate against this maxim—the plethora of writing venues, lack of time, lack of scrutiny before content is released for consumption, lack of knowledge of what makes for good writing, to name a few. But that last factor can make the biggest difference, not so much in the sense of good grammar and punctuation, though these are essential. But more in the sense of writing as art.
How can you tell when writing is art, and how can you elevate it to that level? One way is to slow down, take one section—a paragraph is a good place to start—and play with the words.
To literally see what I mean, select a paragraph—description is a great place to begin—and consider it word for word. Consider the answers to these questions:
- Does each word say what you mean; is it precise?