The Art vs. The Craft of Writing

Renee poses a very interesting question. Art vs. Craft.
This art vs. craft conversation is a debate with a long and heated history. Renee stated that in an ideal situation, an author would have equal amounts art and mastery of craft. I somewhat agree with that statement. However, I think that a *successful* author hones that talent with mastery of craft. Some people are brilliant aural storytellers, but can’t successfully transform that story into written word. Some have all the mechanics, but can’t nail an interesting plot to save their lives. You can learn to write effectively, but talent cannot be taught. But talent without hard work still results in mediocrity. Rules serve a purpose. You learn the rules so that you can break them effectively.

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Is writing fiction more of an art (an innate talent) or a craft to be mastered? Which is more important for a writer to possess- creative talent, or the ability to construct structurally competent manuscripts?

I know, the optimal answer is “both”.  But from what I have observed, there is a tremendous amount of emphasis on the “Rules” of becoming a successful writer, and very little emphasis on being successfully creative, that is, creating a work of art with words. What makes a story memorable is the intangible- the premise, the plot, the characters, the theme, the imagery, and the setting of the story. The technical framework of grammar and composition, punctuation and structure, should ideally be so well done as to be invisible to the reader.

I ask this question because it is easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of “The Rules” of writing when…

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Often accused of navigating life without a filter, Tasha L. Harrison has managed to brand herself as the auathor who crafts characters and stories that make you feel all of the feels. She writes African American, interracial and intercultural erotica and erotic romance with heroines just as brazen as herself and heroes that know that they are messy and dramatic, but love them anyway. She lives in Upstate South Carolina with two not-so-smallish men and one super needy boxer dog. When she's not writing filth, she's pretending to be a photographer and riding around with the top down on her Jeep Wrangler, Amber. Tasha L. Harrison also edits all things ROMANCE at thedirtyeditor.com Find her at: tashalharrison.com @tashalharrison on twitter Her series THE LUST DIARIES is available now!

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