Writing Tips: Engaging
One of the most important skills a writer should have in order to be relevant and attractive to readers is the ability to engage with readers. This is easier said than done because there are many factors that would make it difficult. Firstly there is the fact that readers as a whole are fickle, in the beginning, they seem responsive to your writing and then lose interest. Secondly, there is the factor of human error. Should your work have a good number of grammatical errors and plot holes, you would lose the interest of your readers because they would deem your work as unprofessional, and lastly, there is the fact that your writing style cannot capture their attention. This is why you should adopt a method in which you can capture their attention. Here are a few writing tips.
- Draw them in through exciting phraseology!
One of the reasons why some writers have such a hard time engaging with their readers is because their writing style tends to be too passive. There is nothing in their phrases nor the tone of their writing that allows them to draw their readers in. This is why you need to know the proper phraseology. You can do this by reading up thoroughly on the subject matter and phrasing it in a way that would capture your reader’s attention. One example would be if you were writing about the life of Winston Churchill. If you just put in the dates and events of his life, it would be pretty boring. Even the life of one of the most interesting men in history would be pretty boring if you write it this way. Which is why you should try to add a little something to the phraseology to get your reader’s attention. You can add certain nuances such as his childhood experiences and his many adventures during his time as the prime minister of the United Kingdom. Add as many details as you can.
- Make an emotional rapport with your readers!
Being able to make an emotional rapport with your readers is very important if you want to make a lasting effect on your readers. You can do this by addressing them with emotional phraseology aimed at winning sympathy and support for your hero or cause. One good example is when the great French novelist Victor Hugo used words to create sympathy for his heroine, Fantine. As shown here in an excerpt from Les Miserables.
“She could not earn enough and her debts grew. The Thénardiers bombarded her with letters, heartrending in tone and ominous in their exactions.”
- Shock your readers!
One way of engaging your readers effectively is by shocking them in some way. You can do this by using a grim statistic or making a passionate appeal. This will allow you to get your reader’s attention and make a lasting impression.
Just remember that the main reason for shocking your readers is to get their attention and not to make them feel disgusted or annoyed with your Writing. Hopefully, these writing tips are of a help to you and your journey as a writer.
All in all the best advice is to keep writing and master it. Only through true mastery of your chosen art can you make a truly worthwhile piece of work.