1) What to you constitutes a good writer?
I think a good writer is someone who excels in four areas: plot, character, language, and voice. As a writer and a reader, I'm interested in how a good story is told. To me, these are the most basic elements of any good story. You can occasionally outweigh deficiencies in one with extra brilliance in one or more of the others, but this is rare and difficult to do.