This is a follow-up to a previous question which I am still trying to understand. I think I'm making progress in my understanding, but I would appreciate feedback to help me refine my thinking. Here is the sentence:
Good writing requires hard work.
Originally, I thought that "writing" was acting as a gerund in this phrase. After reading through the replies to that question along with back posts related to gerunds, I've since concluded that "writing" in this sentence is a pure verbal noun, also termed a deverbal noun.
—In the sentence above "writing" is modified by "good" and is thus acting more like a noun than a verb.
—It has no direct object.
Is my thinking correct here? If not, could someone politely help me to refine it?
However, what if I had written the following?
Writing well requires hard work.
To write well requires hard work.
In these examples, I'm thinking that "writing" would be a different kind of verbal noun—a non-finite verb acting as a gerund or infinitive, which is one piece of a larger complement noun clause.
The last bit is muddy for me, but I will leave it at that. Thank you in advance for your patience and insight.