Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

September 17, 2009

Does a Good Story Trump Bad Writing?

Filed under: On Writing — Frank Fiore @ 9:03 AM

A recent commenter at LinkedIn Groups got my thought juices going. He said “To paraphrase Elmore Leonard, literary fiction is when they leave in the boring parts that everybody skips…”

I was told by an editor once that a good story trumps bad writing. Is it true?

Can you give examples from known authors?



  1. It must… ever picked up Anne Rice?

    Comment by Reaper — September 17, 2009 @ 4:56 PM | Reply

  2. What about Tennessee Williams? Wasn’t he the one who was chastised by his editor for leaving out so many punctuation marks? Yet, his books were some of the most famous.

    Comment by mona macdonald tippins — September 18, 2009 @ 6:48 AM | Reply

  3. It has to. Dan Brown. That’s all I’m saying. The New Moon series. I’m pretty glad that it does because, I’m no grammarian.


    Comment by Demetria Dixon — September 19, 2009 @ 8:28 AM | Reply

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