American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, characteristic of, or befitting a writer: "set a standard of writerly craft for that...well-wrought magazine” ( Newsweek).
- adj. slang Of or pertaining to writers with well chosen words or well crafted sentences.
- writer + -ly (Wiktionary)
“Part of my 'writerly' poetics is happily donning the mantle of a lifelong student of writing, always looking for ways to improve my craft.”
“All this is just one stop in your 'writerly' journey - who knows what you'll be writing next year?”
“And that kind of writerly growth is kind of cool to recognize in yourself.”
“I remember Cornelia advising me to stop being "writerly" and just tell the story.”
“EE: Rumors have it that Ralph Lauren discovered you'd once been a male model - and after reading BABY SHARK - he's been pestering you to do a series of ads for his new 'writerly' campaign, but you turned him down when he insisted you lose the goatee.”
“As I read back over it, I see that it does have a lot of "writerly" type advice--It really was a huge learning experience for me.”
“The style of these stories (first published from 1988 through 1991) is more "writerly" than his nonfiction commentaries -- and, if my memory is accurate, than his more recent fiction.”
“While I know that I have my own, to be turned off by something "writerly" and instead go for the Picoult who would probably be insulted not to be considered "writerly" makes me roll my eyes.”
“Update: Angelo relieved me of my misery by pointing out that "writerly", one of my favorite words, is in fact a word, as proven by two sources - Merriam-Webster and Dictionary. com.”
“He said, because I'd used a particular word in the first line, that an agent would reject it on the spot for being too "writerly" the word was 'edging,' by the way.”
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