Q: What do you think is the single most important quality for a good writer to possess?
A: I think the single most important quality for a good writer is curiosity. Curiosity, whether it’s in history, science, psychology, or some other arena, leads to fresh ideas that can be become a captivating story. Being curious compels the writer to ask more questions: Why does this happen? How does this work? What would it be like if viewed through a different lens? When a writer considers the possible answers to these questions, they are poised to develop interesting characters in believable, well-established settings. There are many traits needed to succeed in the fundamentals of writing, including patience, perseverance, tolerance for criticism, and commitment. However, it’s curiosity that makes writing fun.