Tuesday, October 2, 2012

How to be a Writer That People Want to Read


     You can be a very good writer, but if you don’t provide your readers exactly what they are interested in reading, you will have put effort into producing work that only a few people will see. Discover right now how to be a writer that people want to read.
     Just think for a moment about why it is that people read. It is to acquire a much better understanding, to gain more knowledge, to find out the latest trends, to keep up with the news, to be motivated or for them just to discover how to do something and there are many more reasons.
     In other words, they are looking for different interests to be fulfilled and they will read the articles that have titles and descriptions that relate to their interest and that provide them with the information that they need.
     Only by providing information, knowledge and facts that will satisfy all your reader’s needs, can you be sure that they will want to read most of your work over and over again.
     So, how can you be a writer that people will want to read? What is it that you need to do to make it happen?

The Things That People Want To Read
     As a writer, take your readers to the places that they have never visited before and may never get the chance to visit.
     Inspire your readers with imaginative stories that create for them a very different world than the one that they know.
     Motivate your readers with words that will lift their spirits and help them to rise above their personal storms.
     Provide your readers with the knowledgeable facts of how to do many of the things that they want to do in their lives, if only they knew how to.
     Discuss with your readers many of the health related problems that are affecting all of our lives, at one time or another.
     Describe for your readers the incredible wonders of nature, the animals, birds, reptiles, insects, plants and landscapes.
     Take your readers to the depths of the ocean, or the far reaches of outer space, so that they can know and understand it all better.
     If you are an expert in a particular subject provide your readers the help and advice that will answer their many questions.

Writing Style
     But, it is not just the subject and content that is important. If you want your readers to continue to keep coming back to read your work you will need to also think about the writing style that you use.
     Write with enthusiasm by putting your feelings and emotions into all of your writing, use words that inspire and that will really create an interest in what you are writing.
     Write the text in short sentences and paragraphs so that it is easier on the eye of the reader and so that it will retain their interest.
     Use subtitles and paragraph headings where it is appropriate and add bullet points and numbering to make it very clear for the reader exactly what it is that you want to convey.
     Don’t use a lot of unnecessary words or expressions that will cause the reader to either, misunderstand what you are trying to say, or to totally lose interest in the subject that you are writing about.
When you are providing information write with authority, but be careful not to seem arrogant to the reader as this will just turn their interest off.
     And above all write as if you are having a conversation with the readers, don’t make it a one way dialogue that only fulfills your needs and in so doing neglects the needs of the readers.
     Always enjoy your writing.   by James Chapman (2009)


4 comments:

Anita Davison said...

Some good points here worth considering, however for an historical fiction write I'm not sure where, 'subtitles, paragraph headings, bullet points and numbering' would work in my stories.
Good post though

Michaela Rhua said...

Great points made which provokes thought. Thanks.

Rita Karnopp said...

So true, Anita....I'm glad I don't have to worry about those either... we have enough to be concerned with - right! :)

Rita Karnopp said...

Thanks, Michaeia... it makes the head spin sometimes, doesn't it? :) Rita

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