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Ramla Zareen Ahmad | 328 comments For some people the story concept and the story plotting carries more weight than the story execution, that is, the writing style, ...while others can ignore the flaws in the story itself but are bored with monotonous writing and irritated when there are continuity issues and numerous typing, spelling and grammatical mistakes. 

I thought that it might be interesting to discuss how much bad writing, typing errors, spelling inaccuracies and grammatical mistakes influence our reading enjoyment ...and to mention whether it is the quality of the writing or a good story that is more important for us


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Ramla Zareen Ahmad | 328 comments For me one of the most important thing in a book is for the writing to be addictive, engrossing, polished, decent, appealing, entertaining and witty. 

In my experience, if the book fails to retain my attention and interest, and does not provide me pleasure, then usually it is not a problem with the story, but it is the way the story is written, that makes it boring.

No matter how unique the idea is, but if it's written in a dull and monotonous way then it fails to make for an enjoyable read. On the other hand, even an average story can come across as entertaining to me if the writing style is wonderful.

Also, in my opinion, characters are usually as vital as the story, as it's important to get mentally and emotionally involved not just with the story itself but also with the people living that story, and good characterisation depends on good writing skills. 

Moreover, while I can usually manage to suspend belief if the storyline is somewhat flawed and unrealistic, but it's difficult not to get distracted when there are too many writing inconsistencies, continuity issues, typing errors, spelling inaccuracies and grammatical mistakes.

Of course, an ideal situation would be that both the writing and the story be excellent. 

Especially, when I consider the genre of "Mystery" then I think that the story concept and the story plotting play as important role as the story execution, that is, the writing.

However, I have read several "Romance" books by various authors that contained similar story plots but the way the different authors executed, that is, wrote, the stories, made a tremendous difference in my level of enjoyment of those books. 

So if I have to chose between the two, then I would have to say that it is the quality of the writing, rather than a good story, that contributes in making my overall reading experience enjoyable.


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Faheem  (faheeem) | 1528 comments Mod
Ramla Zareen wrote: "For me one of the most important thing in a book is for the writing to be addictive, engrossing, polished, decent, appealing, entertaining and witty. 

In my experience, if the book fails to retain..."


Agreed, For me the execution of the story matters more than the story concept. It doesn't mean that story concept or idea doesn't it matter, surely it matters a lot but story becomes uninteresting if it's not executed properly.

Story concept is like having a really good dough but steps that follows are the execution, so if you are not careful enough, you'll might endup making a really bad pizza.

I had this experience with the book "The way of shadows", The concept was really good but the execution was not so good, I couldn't even make it half way through it.

The Japanese Manga/Anime, I am not sure if you had watched them, are notorious for this. Usually they'll have really unique story/concept, an awesome start and then they'll ruin story in such a way they'll make you wish, if only you could visit japan & shoot the writer.


message 4: by Ramla Zareen (new)

Ramla Zareen Ahmad | 328 comments Enjoyed the way you executed your thoughts, Faheem, but that doesn't mean that I'll visit you in jail if you ever turn your words into action! ;-)


message 5: by Faheem (new)

Faheem  (faheeem) | 1528 comments Mod
Ramla Zareen wrote: "Enjoyed the way you executed your thoughts, Faheem, but that doesn't mean that I'll visit you in jail if you ever turn your words into action! ;-)"

Don't worry, You won't have to visit the Jail, It's just a temporary feeling, even if it isn't, the whole getting the Japanese visa & then tracking down that writer would require a lot of effort & time, sufficient enough to make you lose interest in it. I haven't included the traveling expenses, only the ticket would be around 1000 USD. Such a waste of time & money. As for satisfaction, I'll rather buy a gaming rig & lots of books with that much money. ;)


message 6: by Ramla Zareen (new)

Ramla Zareen Ahmad | 328 comments Glad to hear this Faheem, thanks for taking a load off my mind :-)


message 7: by Rao (new)

Rao Javed | 713 comments I believe that only the story is most important thing, maybe 90% of success of any book depends on the story, and the 10% can be the writing style of the story.


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