Saturday Writing Tips: Keeping it Interesting #WritingTips

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Your job as a writer is to entertain, inform and engage your reader. If this isn’t your goal, then you may be in the wrong job. You don’t want to bore your reader or they’ll simply close your book and go and find another one on Amazon (there are millions to choose from after all). So how do you avoid sending your reader to sleep?

  • Increase the pace. You can do this by using a variety of sentence and paragraph lengths. Short sentences will add drama, suspense and pace, moving your reader forward with your character.
  • Get rid of passive voice. Passive voice can be too wordy and can put a distance between your reader and your words.
  • Include drama, conflict and events. You’re writing fiction. Things need to happen. Your characters need to have experiences and develop, change and be affected by what is happening.
  • Ditch the clichés. Clichés are boring, lazy and add nothing to your writing. If your work is riddled with clichés you are showing no respect at all to the readers who will invest time and money in your book. Give them something fresh, something new.
  • Be honest with yourself. Do you need all that description? All those lovely adverbs and adjectives? All those clever, clever metaphors? Who are they for?
  • Read, read, read. And when you’re reading make a note of what bores you as well as what excites you. Learn from other writers – from their mistakes as well as their successes.

How do you keep your writing exciting? Share your thoughts and ideas by leaving a comment below.

12 comments

  1. You asked for tips about how to keep the writing exciting – I try to do this, when I’m redrafting, by looking at every sentence and thinking, is this necessary? How could I write this so that it is amusing/paints a picture/says something pertinent about a character?

    I like the last piece of advice about being aware of what bores you. I almost always skip-read long descriptions. So I don’t write them. Also, I’m always aware of not writing too much in the way of characters’ inner thoughts. This should always be done as succinctly as possible, I believe; readers want to get on with the story. Like, what happens next!

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