What’s the difference between good writing and bad writing? There are a gazillion answers to this question because both writing and writers are so diverse. No two readers are alike either, so one man’s work of genius may be another man’s birdcage lining. Generally speaking, however, good writing possesses certain broad, recognizable characteristics.
I was going through old files recently and came across an article I photocopied out of a magazine many years ago called “How To Write Good.” The article published the list “author unknown,” but a quick Google revealed the original author to be (I suppose) Frank L. Visco. It was originally published in the June 1986 issue of Writer’s Digest.