A Step-By-Step Guide to More Effective Writing

20 Sep, 2017 Book Writing,Books and Literature

When I first started writing my book I only knew one thing for sure: I wanted to tell my story because I knew my story mattered.

I know you have a story just waiting to get into the hands to those who need it most. I want to help you share your story because it matters!

While writing is a process of creativity and self-expression, it’s also a science. Our minds measurably process information and help us connect with the writer and story.

Consider the following science-backed tips for more effective writing.

1. Write conversationally and visually.

The best writers can take even the most complex ideas and put them into simple terms.

The topic of your book may be informational by nature, but using too much technical jargon can actually alienate your reader and lead them astray. This is sometimes called “superior writing.”

Also consider that a reader’s brain is one-third visual, meaning if you’re writing purely from a factional, informational standpoint, you may miss out on a huge chunk of potential readers. Bring your writing to life, make it visual and appealing.

2. Don’t make assumptions.

The “curse of knowledge” occurs when a writer believes their reader understands the same idea or concepts as them.

It’s better to err on the side of caution in your writing. That is, don’t assume your writer understand specific words, phrases or ideas that are not commonplace. Your reader comes to you for information. Otherwise, they wouldn’t pick up your book.

Ask a trusted friend, ideally someone similar to your target audience to assess your writing for readability.

3. Write with intention.

In other words, get to the point and get to it quickly.

Stating your point early on will give your reader a frame of reference, as they go through your book; every chapter and subchapter will draw the reader back to the central idea of your book.

State your point plainly — it doesn’t need to be flowery and fluffy to be effective, in fact, less is more.

Think of “How To” articles; before the reader even gets past the headline, they know exactly what they’re getting themselves into. Specificity will also attract the right readers; that is, those who will benefit most from your book.

4. Keep reading!

A great writer is also an avid reader. Books, articles and blogs are your greatest resource — you don’t need a degree in writing or journalism to write a great book!

Consider mixing up your reading, too. If you’re used to read novels, pick up something nonfiction; diversifying your library will transform your writing and offer new perspectives, words, phrases and writing styles.

5. Revise and edit.

Your book isn’t going to come out perfectly the first time around — be patient with yourself! Write, revise, edit and repeat.

Be open to feedback and critiques, if they can make your book better and more decipherable to your reader. Get as many sets of fresh eyes on your book, who can offer trusted feedback and useful edits.

In Conclusion…

  1. Write conversationally and visually.
  2. Don’t make assumptions.
  3. Write with intention.
  4. Keep reading!
  5. Revise and edit.

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Learn five science-backed tips for more effective writing, so you can connect with your readers and get your book in the hands of those who need it most.
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