Anyone (almost) Can Write – How To Get People To Read It

 

How to get people to read your book, your blog or any other writing you will do!

Creative writing and getting people to read what you say

All of us wrote essays in school. Many of us took various forms of creative writing classes. Most of us like to write and all of us would like to improve. If you want to write, there is an abundance of information available to help you.

I have never read as many blogs, stories and books giving instructions on how to compose until after releasing my memoir this summer. A few months ago, I did not even know what a blog was or why I would want to read one. The last few months have been a true learning curve and I realize it is just the beginning. One of the most informative sites is Ezine Articles where you will find tips and suggestions for all aspects of writing.

The crazy thing is, and I do not recommend it,  I did my research about creative writing after I published my book. I was terrified when I started reading all the blogs about what to do and what not to do.  I imagined I had done everything wrong and  was more than shocked when I discovered that almost everything that was suggested was what I had already done.

The point is…..I used common sense. Common sense told me this: Anybody can write, but you want to make sure people will want to read it. Let’s look at some of the things we can learn by using common sense.

The first sentence, the first paragraph and definitely the first chapter has to grab the reader’s attention. If you lose your reader in the first chapter, which is usually available on most eBook sites, then they will not buy your book. I rewrote my first chapter a dozen times and then my daughter told me it was not any good. A slight, but needed, slap in the face to wake me up. I rewrote it, along with the rest of the book, at least three times.

I have always liked John Grisham’s style of writing and decided to write my memoir as a mystery novel. Then, I was introduced to Harlen Coben and absolutely loved his style– read all his books. Intertwining humor with mystery was definitely going to be my style. It is important to find a style you like and stick with it throughout your story.

I have been asked to critique and/or edit  books and articles. This is sometimes a very uncomfortable position to be in, especially if you know the author. However, if they are asking your opinion it is just your opinion and they can choose to use it or lose it. The worst scenario is when you are asked to write a review and you have difficulty reading the piece because it is so poorly written. I have read some beautiful stories or books with a powerful message that are written so poorly, you only remember that fact rather than the story itself.

One of the keys to remember is CLARITY BRINGS COMPREHENSION. If you are not clear, it will not be comprehended by those who read it. Most blogs I read, I do not get past the first paragraph. Very often, they are written with run-on sentences, poor grammar, misspelled words or so wordy that they are difficult to follow. The author may know exactly what they are speaking about, but not portraying their thoughts distinctly.

Outside of technical articles, it is more important to keep it simple, rather than complex. You are not in a competition to see how many astronomic words you can use. No matter what you are writing about, your motive is to advise, get a message across or entertain. When you have to reread a paragraph more than once to figure out what the author is trying to say, you will lose interest quickly.

Another obvious problem is many people write without proofreading, doing a spell check, or reading it through the eyes of someone else. Even writing a letter to family or friends, it is important to let it rest for awhile and come back and read it from another perspective. You might be surprised to see it wasn’t as lucid as you may have thought.

After having two  editors proof my book, there were still a couple errors when it went to print. You can never proof it enough. When you don’t, it is obvious to the reader that you don’t care enough to make your point clear and concise. It will be obvious that you were rushed when you wrote it. And….. you lose them.

All of us are experts in the area of knowing what we like to read and what makes us want to read more. So, if we know what we like, than apply that to your composition. It will open a whole new world to both you and your reader.

After all the hard work and endless hours of revision, the greatest reward is reading all the  reviews shouting your praises – not necessarily expected but definitely appreciated.

 

 

Enhanced by Zemanta

Meet Carol Graham

Carol Graham has written 23 posts in this blog.

I am a wife, mother of two and grandmother of three. Family is of first importance, which includes many 4 legged members. Currently, I own and help operate two jewelry stores with my husband. My passion is being a health coach, which I have been doing for over 30 years. I survived cancer 40 years ago using alternative methods, which started me on the road to better health. Another great passion is public speaking. I am a motivational speaker that has much to share in the area of survival against all odds. I lived an intense life of outrageous traumatic events, always a fighter and a winner over cancer, rape, marital abuse, jail, loss of child, huge financial losses from fraud and greed of others. I strongly believe that laughter will get you through almost anything. I have just finished my memoir - Battered Hope - which was released this past summer. This fast paced memoir reads with all the elements of a good novel – character, conflict, suspense, and resolution. Follow my family through insurmountable hardships and witness the tenacity it takes for me to survive. It is a story of hope, perseverance, and faith.

GD Star Rating
loading...
GD Star Rating
loading...
Anyone (almost) Can Write - How To Get People To Read It, 10.0 out of 10 based on 5 ratings