We have narrated some writing tips for beginners to help keep readers interested in your writing.
Writing Tips for Beginners
1 – Keep it neutral
If you want to persuade, keep it neutral. If you read your work out loud and it sounds stilted or angry, rework it to create a tone that is both reasonable and natural.
2 – Ensure clarity
Expressing complicated matters with clarity is art. Do not be surprised if you are not able to sit down and create a perfect story in one sitting. Ernest Hemingway once wrote that he was lucky if he could produce two good pages of work per day.
3 – Take it seriously
Tell your story sincerely. No one likes to read work from authors who do not take themselves or their readers seriously.
4 – Exposition is key
Exposition is key. In our fast-moving world, people are more likely to read a story that gets their attention and does not wander from its main story premise.
5 – Avoid sarcasm
Avoid sarcasm. Unless you know exactly who is reading your story, your attempts at irony may be misunderstood.
6 – Cultural comparison
Cultural comparisons can be helpful. If you are from another country and use a phrase or expression that everyone in your country would understand, explain why. This is one of the best ways to introduce yourself and your perspective.
7 – Check your grammar
Read and re-read your work to ensure that you are using the correct word. If you type “horse party” instead of “house party” the spellcheck program will not catch it.
8 – Share with your friends
Ask your friends to read your work. Even if they are not book-editors, your friends are a good resource. They can look at your work and tell you if your story makes sense. If they are critical of what you have written, remember that you asked them for their feedback and that they are only trying to help.
9 – Express briefly
Be brief. After you have written down everything you think is important to your story, save your work. Make a copy and start editing. You can always re-add parts of your first draft if necessary.
10 – Strong introduction
Back to basics. Your introductory paragraph sets the stage for your story. It is your first and perhaps only opportunity to engage your readers’ attention.
11 – Write for yourself
Write for yourself. For many people, writing is much more than an intellectual exercise. It can help you work through your thoughts and feelings about a subject that you care about.
12 – Be a good reader
Most importantly, good writers are good readers. Successful writers love to read. By studying other writers’ styles and approaches to their subjects, you will be better able to express your personal perspective. If you are lucky enough to be fluent in a second language besides English, keep up with your reading and writing in that language as well.
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