I am starting this thread in response to the clamor of millions - errr well, if you absolutely insist that we be precise - in response to an offhand request from one, perhaps two, gentle readers and yes, writers. An invitation from the first may be found here, while the second insists on remaining incommunicado. I would not set myself up as a teacher of English to any but the most abecedarian journeyman, sometimes materializing in the form of a non-native speaker, usually Asian. I wish I could say, twisting Robert Bolt, that "... in the thickets of the law (of writing), oh, there I am a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there ...", but I would not be so presumptuous. The sentence immediately preceding that quote would be more true - “The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager", at least not on the seas of language. So, this thread is more of an invitation to reflect on writing. For me, more of a 'writing to learn' rather than a 'learning to write' venture. So, anyone who would not have this thread be stillborn, come share your thoughts on good writing. What is it? How does one recognize it? How do we cultivate it? The trigger linked above, and quoted below, can serve as a guide, but we can range as far as we dare.