Writing: Does It Really Matter HOW You Write? (Quote)



If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.
– Somerset Maugham

Do you agree with the quote above?  What do you think this writer really meant when he said this?


9 thoughts on “Writing: Does It Really Matter HOW You Write? (Quote)

  1. I agree . . .to an extent. After all, if your sentence structure is incoherent, it will difficult for your passion, sincerity, or story to be understood by others. I have also been drawn into stories with beautiful writing, even if other aspects of storytelling are not as strong. But I’m a word nerd. Not everyone is.

    But generally, yes! There’s more to successful writing than grammar and syntax.

    @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

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  2. Yes. It doesn’t matter if you’re a prolific writer or a slow one. Or whether you writer everyday because even when you’re not, you’re still spending time crafting your story inside your head. As long as you’re getting the story out of you and unto paper/page/word document, it doesn’t matter how you write. Whatever mistakes, grammar, syntax, etc errors you make can be fixed later.

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  3. I think this definitely applies to not only writing but reading as well. It doesn’t matter if it takes you a long time to read or if you only read comic books as long as your reading. As long as a person is trying to share their ideas and thoughts, even if not everyone gets it, chances are someone will and it can affect them.

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  4. I think what Maughm is saying is *if* you have the basics (storytelling, characterization, scene-making) *and* are able write with sincerity and passion, then the style will take care of itself. Yes, I agree. At least in my own work, my style will vary depending on the type of story — I don’t plan this out, it comes from just trying to write the best story I can.

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