I’ve come to realize that most of the time I make the mistake of writing for myself. I know what I like to read and I know what I’m looking for in a story, but I’m not writing for me :-).
Writing for the Readers your Audience
Most writers write content that is geared towards other writers. We all make that initial mistake. We forget that we need to write for our readers for they are our largest audience. Not sure what your audience wants? There are numerous sites and search engines that you can take a query to find out. Simply add your genre and see how many sites and words surround your particular writing area.
- Yep, I am the largest culprit of this. Over description, over explanation, and redundant language. These actions in and of itself will load your word count, but it provides nothing but boring and dull reading for your audience. Many first-time writers believe they need to bolster their nouns and verbs with adjectives and adverbs, but this often marks the writer as an amateur. Instead, focus on using strong nouns and verbs. When revising your manuscript, look through your descriptions—are there unnecessary words? Are you relying on adjectives and adverbs, rather than strong nouns and verbs? Look to cut as you revise. You’d be shocked of how much you have shortened that story, but its a concise an lowing read. Personally, it takes me three reads to accomplish this procedure.
“Telling” the Audience Instead of “Showing”
- “Telling” your audience instead of “Showing” them, the second most common mistake. Don’t sell your readers short give them a chance to absorb the information and use their own imagination after all that’s why you’re writing the book. Remember sitting in history class as a child and your mind started to wander when the teacher or the history book itself just drone and drone with all those historical facts that clouded your brain? What did you do? Your mind went on its own little journey and you enjoyed yourself that is until the teacher called on you to answer some question of which you had no clue about. Use dialogue to move the story ahead, language to add tension between characters, and to impart vital information.
- If you’re like me grab these handy tools and never write another book without it being open by your side
- Power Words
- I continuously have to review the correct procedure by viewing and listening to the K Becker – ‘Show, Don’t Tell’ Narrative Writing.
Just listening to the video above should provide you with the basics
- Try to keep your point of view to one protagonist (maybe two), if the story is a romance story of which two main characters cross paths. You want your reader to focus on the main story line, if they are constantly bouncing from character to character it gets confusing. Remember to get out of your head and move into theirs.
I will be adding more writing mistakes as I make them and seek correction.