Great Expectations - via Shawn Blanc
C.S. Lewis, Jane Austen, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ernest Hemingway — they were writers. I, on the other hand, feel like just a guy who writes. ...The aforementioned greats were ones who had such a wonderful command of words, I on the other hand always feel like I’m guessing. But if you ponder it for a moment, you can’t help but think that maybe they were shooting in the dark, too. Perhaps it’s not so much about being a Good Writer as it is about being a Passionate Writer. Dispassionate beautiful prose, is still dispassionate. Or, as Anatole France put it, “a tale without love is like beef without mustard: insipid".
Emotion, honesty, truth, passion. These are the backbones of writing.
Paraphrased from Great Expectations by Shawn Blanc.