What’s more important: Good writing? Or a good story?
(Of course, a book should have BOTH, but…)
Oh, these ultimatums are always so nerve-wracking! In my sleepy haze, I initially reached for “good story”, and I think that remains true. If it’s a good story, simply efficient writing doesn’t bother me. We can’t all be great stylists, but the construction of a a good plot requires equal talent. Of course, I value both equally, but the idea of reading a beautifully written book where nothing really happens doesn’t appeal to at the moment.
However, that being said, bad writing ruins good stories. Bad writing ruins everything, really. So you really do need both.