Tips from "6 ways to pull readers into your fiction"
Published: September 30, 2005
|"Readers...do not pick up a novel or short story hoping to applaud the author. They don't think of themselves as your audience..."|
- "Forget about becoming a great writer. Work instead on writing great stories."
- Use figures of speech such as simile and metaphor sparingly. Overuse can distract your reader and spoil your story.
- Do not use over-inflated or "flowery" language.
- Simple, forthright prose focuses attention on your writing rather than on your intentions.
- Write clear and concise sentences that create pictures that your reader can see and emotions your readers can feel.
- Master the mechanics of writing. Use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation.