When you are critiquing someone's writing, and you tell them it's well written, what, exactly, are you saying? What facet of that person's writing are you referring to? Or does your "well written" comment vary from writer to writer? Do you sometimes mean its grammatically well written and other times think the voice is right on? Can you tell they did a sound -ly search and omitted all extraneous adverbs and adjectives? Are the sentences clear and concise?
What does well written mean to you?
(And for those of you with hyphen issues, like me, I had to look this up.
This book is well written. (The compound modifier comes after the noun, so no hyphen.)
This is a well-written book. (The compound modifier comes before the noun, so it gets a hyphen.
Hyphenate the elements of a compound modifier only if that modifier precedes the noun.
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