Keeping things simple makes for finer writing. Readers will probably to stick to your thread whilst not getting bored or confounded when you write simply. Simpleness and clearness are characteristics of exceptional writing. Trying to impress readers with long and complex analyses of otherwise simple topics and themes will likely leave your readers dazed and confused. So it is best to keep things simple by writing in a clear and direct style. |
With the aim of keeping your writing simple and effective, here are five AuthorHouse tips to remember:
Concise is better. Certainly, keeping things at a minimum does not mean "sky-is-blue" sentence constructions. As a guideline, you can write long sentences as long as they are simple. Meaning they follow the basic subject-predicate-object sentence structure and taking it from there with restraint.
Compose in an active, not passive, voice. In the active voice, the subject of the sentence performs the action. Example: “Joe passed his math test with flying colors.” In the passive voice, the action is performed upon the subject: “The math test was passed with flying colors by Joe.” The active voice is clearer, easier to understand and more enjoyable to read.
Prefer specific active verbs and concrete nouns. Good writing does not only tell a story, it paints a picture as well. For instance: "Sheila swooned when she found out her blind date was a dead ringer for Tom Cruise" in comparison with "Sheila was thrilled to see her blind date has a stark resemblance with a handsome Hollywood celebrity." Get to the point. How many times have you, as a reader, had to go back and re-read sentences that drag on, have pronouns with unclear antecedents and more clauses than a legal contract? Reading should be enjoyable, not torturous.
Keep to one subject at a time. Keeping things simple also means being clear about your sentences expressing a single idea; a paragraph a single topic and each scene a singular purpose.
When you keep your writing simple, you avoid the pitfalls of many writing. No amount of narrative or grammatical fluff can compensate for an idea simply expressed. Remember the "KISS" or "Keep It Simple Silly" principle in mind when you get down to write and you can expect your readers to have a silly-free reading experience.
For more book marketing tips go to the AuthorHouse Writer Advice Center, or learn from the experience of real self-published authors themselves.
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