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Nine ways to engage your readers
- Make a basic outline to see how various aspects of your piece can relate and flow engagingly.
- Find a fresh original angle that will grab a reader’s attention. Develop an interesting narrative. Add historical or political context to assist your points. Use quotes.
- Details, details, details. Take notes, ask questions, get quotes, and jot down details. Be as specific as you can.
- Read more. Rinse and repeat. Good reading makes you a better writer. List nine of your favourite writers to emulate. What makes their voice and style so readable?
- Seek to entertain and educate your reader in a light, breezy way. Thus avoid clichés like the plague. Originality is king.
- Just do it: Write even when you don’t feel like it. Successful writers stick it out.
- Show, don’t tell. Lose the adverbs and flowery descriptions. Choose the perfect verb instead. Use broad brushstrokes to paint with words.
- End with a punch or at least ensure the ending captures the point of the story.
- When your piece is finished, read it out loud to see how it flows. It’s also a great way to find your “voice”.