Bad Writing Can Destroy a Good Plot

     Many writers spend the majority of their time devising their plots. What they don’t seem to understand is that if their execution–if their prose–isn’t up to par, their plots will never be considered.     Agents and …

     Many writers spend the majority of their time devising their plots. What they don't seem to understand is that if their execution--if their prose--isn't up to par, their plots will never be considered.

     Agents and editors often ignore synopses of plot outlines; instead, we skip right to the actual manuscript. If the writing is good, then we'll go back and consider the synopsis. If not, the manuscript is discarded. A great writer can produce an amazing piece of writing with virtually no plot at all. [I'm not sure this is still true. Fiction and nonfiction readers expect good writing, and an engaging plot or story.]

Noah Lukeman, The First Five Pages, 2000

from http://jimfishertruecrime.blogspot.com/