How To Make Your Writing Great

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A book needs to be seamless from beginning to the end. Here are some tricks to make your writing seamless and to keep your readers on the edge of their seats.

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  • 1. AuthorHouse www.authorhouse.com HU U How to Make Your Writing Great After working on your manuscript for months (sometimes years), the last thing you want is for readers to have a hard time reading your book either because its hard to follow or it doesnt hold their attention. What makes a book hard to read? There are many things that may be lurking in your writing that can bore or confuse readers. Paying attention to these possible problems and focusing on ways to make your writing more readable can make your book a seamless thread from beginning to end. Make your writing great and your readers wont be able to put your book down. Play Up Your Nouns and Verbs Adjectives and adverbs describe nouns and verbs. Although they provide detail, they lengthen sentences and tire your reader. Instead of using adjectives and adverbs, use more descriptive nouns and verbs. For example, dont say, She looked at the bright sun. Instead, try something like, The sun almost burned her eyes when she gazed upon it. Be sure to write in the active voice instead of passive voice. A phrase using an active voice sounds like this, The dog sniffs the food. That phrase sounds much stronger than its passive-voice counterpart, The food was sniffed by the dog. Guide Your Readers Readers will understand your work better if you guide them the whole way. Read your work from their perspective to make sure they will not get lost. Using patterns can be a way to keep readers from being confused. Our brains love these patterns; a break in the pattern can cause distraction. For instance, keep chapter titles in the same style, start each chapter the same way, or give them repetitive clues to keep them absorbed in your book. Let Readers Think for Themselves You may have heard the phrase, Show, dont tell. Readers will become bored if you constantly tell them what is happening in the story. To do more showing and less telling in your manuscript, use more creative dialogue, sensory details, and descriptions. Put yourself in your characters shoes and write what he or she hears, smells, sees, feels, and tastes. Be specific in descriptions; describe the emotions a character may be feeling as precisely as possible. Dont just tell readers The dog is hungry. Show readers that The dog whined as he licked his empty food bowl. Readers will come to their own conclusion that the dog is hungry. Be Short and Sweet Keep in mind that our eyes generally read shorter sentences and paragraphs easier than longer ones, as there are fewer occasions for them to lose their place in the text. Dont be afraid to cut unnecessary sentences. Cutting these dead words, sentences, paragraphs, or pages will make the rest of your work much stronger. Use Logic Many people have the habit of rambling during conversation and soon topics change drastically. Make sure your writing doesnt ramble. Keep in mind the overview of the piece. If the theme of your writing evolves, be sure your readers will evolve with it. If one part doesnt fit, cut it out! Anomalies in the story will change the focus of your work and confuse readers. Read and Reread Your Manuscript The best way make sure you have a great manuscript is to be your own proofreader. Read your manuscript more than once. Read it aloud to catch mistakes with flow. Be ready to cut anything unnecessary; it will make the rest of the manuscript even greater. To learn more about how AuthorHouse can publish your work visit http://www.authorhouse.com HU U