What makes good writers? The way they put together the words transport the reader into that place, into the minds of the people, feeling the same agony or the same joy. I loved Bridges of Madison County and it was so profoundly sad...I was on that hangover for days...wondering of something so magical was ever real in this world...can such a strong bond exist between two humans..and yet the bond with your children is always the stronger one. I am sure there are other stories of separated lovers but what made this one touch me in such a deep manner.
Does a good writer then speak with this deep impact? George Barnard Shaw, one of my favorite authors was reportedly quick in his wit. Some of his responses are famous. He was a man with a very active imagination and extremely clever choice of words. He was also able to say it aloud along with writing.
Some writers I feel need to write in order to clear their head of all those unspoken words. Some aren’t so good with people. They can’t handle the emotions of the people standing right there in front of them. Words spring into their heads...but are kept unuttered. Eloquent speech is then a different art.
An eloquent person is charming. Women admire men who talk well...especially if they make her feel special. Barack Obama appears in my head as I write this, since he is very naturally eloquent and the sincerity that shines through his words is very attractive.
Do writers need to be eloquent in their speech as well? Writers most certainly will have an opinion on most subjects…everyone should have an opinion on everything. They may not be so well informed on every topic but should have some idea about it and based on that they would have an opinion on it. You may not want to say it aloud...that’s your choice.
Not wanting to shout out your thoughts is not such downside. To each his own. If you want to just write, so be it. If you want to jump up and yell your heart out, so be it. If you want to walk away from such a person, so be it.
A writer is only judged by the character of his written word…what it evokes in the reader. His expressive words give more weight to the words themselves.