Lately I've been coming across discussions and definitions of what writing is and it has made me wonder about my own definition of writing.
I think everyone believes 'writing' involves grammar, punctuation, word choice, sentence variety, lyricism, pacing and similar mechanics. But is that the sum of writing? Is it only about commas and word choice? Or does writing also include story, plot, characters?
There are many times when we say at writers "I like the story but the writing wasn't very good." or "The writing was amazing, but I couldn't connect to the characters." does writing include making your characters relatable (obviously there is still room for personal preferences here as not every reader will like every character no matter how well written) and making sure your plot has a beginning, middle and end? Or is that story telling?
The fact that writing is defined differently by different people is one more reason the whole industry is so subjective and we sometimes feel there are no straight answers.
For me, writing includes the line by line mechanics, grammar, word choice, smoothness, etc, but it also includes the whole; whether or not the story makes sense, multidimensional characters and such. I don't differentiate between "writing" and "story telling". They're all part of the same thing.
How do you define writing? Do you differentiate between the two?