In the age of the internet, high turnover of content is how you measure the engagement of your readers. In order to achieve that goal, readers should find your content engaging and electrifying enough to make them a regular visitor to your site. This also translates to book writing. If your first book was a success, it is guaranteed that your readers will look forward to purchasing your next work. Here are some tips on how you can write in a more engaging manner and avoid becoming a boring author.
Understand your readers
One of the many qualities of today’s readers, especially the younger generation is their short attention span. Sometimes, regardless of the quality or how well-written your content is, the way you present or write your content is equally important.
If you have a particular niche, stick to it and create an engaging content with a catchy title that can easily grab attention. If you are writing for the Internet, do not write a wall of text. Split your paragraphs and insert media, if necessary. Most readers stop reading after the first paragraph because they get bored easily.
Control the pace of your writing and write short sentences
As mentioned, readers on the internet suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder due to the influx of content and information available to them. Internet savvy readers know they have options. If you are observant enough, you’ll somehow notice that more often than not, websites write about the same content, same subject, and same event. But who gets the most traffic? The winner is always the one with a more engaging way of delivering content with additional media to keep readers on their page.
To them, slow is boring. If you keep beating around the bush and have the penchant for using flowery words in writing your content, readers will get bored. Faster is better. Control your pace by writing short and simple sentences and frequent paragraphs.
Of course, writing a book, a newspaper, and a magazine is a different story. The more vivid your characterization and descriptions are, the better. It will give your readers a clear picture of what you are trying to depict or the emotion you are trying to evoke. However, do not commit a mistake of overdoing it. Overstating a character’s emotions or the setting of the story in order to appear more dramatic is a big no-no. Not all details are necessary or essential to the story you are writing.
Also, use active voice and avoid passive voice. Avoid redundant words to add emphasis to your subject. If you can describe the character and the scene, as well as move the plot of your story forward is better.
Do not be too self-indulgent
Writers must love whatever they are writing to give life to the story and its characters and to connect to the readers. However, some writers commit the mistake of focusing on the characters or the relationship between the characters that the story becomes soppy instead of romantic. This confuses your readers, ruin the story, and make your work boring.
Create realistic dialogues especially of your content or story’s setting is intended for the modern internet age. Show and don’t tell. This means that your work must appeal to your readers’ senses for them to not get bored and put down your book or exit your webpage.
No author wants their readers to think that their work is boring, but sometimes it is. Fortunately, there are ways you can avoid this. Remember these tips to avoid falling into the same trap as other boring authors.