Writing Tips for the Author of a Bored Audience

Jeremy said, “One of the most difficult aspects of writing is crafting sentences that really engage the reader.”

Jenny, a close friend of Jeremy’s, disagreed. “No. It’s really not that hard. All you have to do is make it more interesting.”

“But that’s my problem, making it interesting,” said Jeremy.

“Exactly,” said Jenny.

Let’s see what can be done to make this small bit of writing a tad more exciting, shall we? First, let’s add some background. Characters floating in an empty space in your mind is hardly intriguing. Let’s have Jeremy trying to write an essay at a desk. Let’s make Jenny another kid in the class. Second, let’s change ‘said’ to something more expressive. Possibly an action. (This is a good idea as long as it keeps the flow of the writing; too much can be distracting.) Create some action. Show what the characters felt rather than telling how they felt. You can add interesting details into your writing using this technique.

Staring at the blank page on his desk, Jeremy remarked, “One of the most difficult aspects of writing is crafting sentences that really engage the reader,” speaking more to himself than anyone else.

Jenny, to Jeremy’s right, tossed her bouncing blond curls. “No. It’s really not that hard. All you have to do is make it more interesting.”

“But that’s my problem, making it interesting,” Jeremy sighed.

“Exactly,” replied Jenny nonchalantly  as she turned back to her own essay.

Make sure you proofread for mistakes. Subtle mistakes can weaken a reader’s trust in what you have to say. (Blonde with an ‘e’ is for girls and blond without an ‘e’ is for boys.) Also, experiment with deleting phrases. Sometimes saying more is less. If you don’t need to say who said something- don’t. Experiment with punctuation. A dash and a comma are similar devices with completely different effects on the writing.

Staring at the blank page on his desk, Jeremy remarked, “One of the most difficult aspects of writing is crafting sentences that really engage the reader.”

Jenny, to Jeremy’s right, tossed her bouncing blond curls. “No. It’s really not that hard. All you have to do is make it more interesting.”

 Jeremy sighed,”But that’s my problem- making it interesting.”

“Exactly.”

 

 

I hope these small tips help you in your future writing. It takes a long time to become a successful writer, a process I am realizing I am just beginning.

Until next time,

Adieu.

-M.M.

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