What Qualities Make a Good Creative Writer?

by Audra Bianca

While writers come from all walks of life, they share certain qualities that help them produce satisfying work. If you have some of these characteristics, you could try a career in creative writing. Alternatively, you could look for creative writers with these qualities to assist with your organization's publications. Creative writers might publish poetry, short stories and novels, but they also work for many kinds of clients to earn their living.

Ability to Focus

Good writers understand the particular requirements of a writing project. It doesn't matter whether they're using a creative approach for a marketing publication or drafting a new chapter for a novel. They have an ability to focus on the writing task and create an outline or direction for what they'll write. Focused writing is easier for the reader to follow. Unfocused writing frustrates readers and may turn them off completely so they won't continue reading.

Different Approaches

To write creative works, writers need a reliable approach. Some writers begin with undisciplined writing and use self-editing to tighten their writing in the next stage. Other writers will consider many drafts of a paragraph in their head or make notes on scrap paper and then write down a highly focused paragraph, which usually requires less editing down the line. Some writers are versatile, using different approaches to getting ideas on paper based on their mood or the kind of writing project they're doing.


Self-discipline is essential to writers who want to support themselves through creative writing. Without it, you'll find it difficult to maximize the use of your writing time. If you have regular clients or a deadline to submit a manuscript to your editor, you must devote adequate time to writing each day or week to reach your goal. Discipline means that you block out time for writing and produce a specific quantity of text in that time block. If you don't achieve the goal for a writing session, you block another session in which to hit the mark. Because writing deadlines are timed and specific, you can't afford to waste time in the creative writing mode.

Voice and Authenticity

All kinds of creative writing become more effective when readers can hear the presence of the author's voice. In some types of literature, characters also have different voices that compete for the reader's attention. Good writers find their voice for a particular work or character and use it consistently for the entertainment of the reader. If you haven't found your writer's voice, use feedback from readers to guide you. If you write authentically, your voice reaches the reader. By copying another author's voice, your voice is bound to falter; it won't come across consistently or genuinely to the reader.

About the Author

Audra Bianca has been writing professionally since 2007, with her work covering a variety of subjects and appearing on various websites. Her favorite audiences to write for are small-business owners and job searchers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Master of Public Administration from a Florida public university.

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