How To Write Better, Martin Li's Amazon Bestseller, Is Available Today As A Free Download
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"How to Write Better" reveals quick, easy and proven techniques that will make writing better letters, essays, stories, articles, papers and books simpler and less stressful than people ever imagined possible.
The book is available to download free today, 25 July 2014, from Amazon Kindle.
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Here's an extract from Chapter 6: What are the secrets to creating writing that readers want to read and editors want to publish?
Show, don't tell your reader
This is one of the most important writing secrets to learn. Don't fall into the trap of trying to tell the reader about a location. Don't say this was great, that was great, this was not so great, this was poor, etc..... (even if you use the most powerful, enticing words to make these points). People don't like being told information in this manner.
Readers would much prefer you to show them the location so that they can decide for themselves. You do this by taking your reader to the location and letting them experience it for themselves. Give your reader accurate descriptions rather than your opinions (no matter how certain you are that you're right).
Illustrate your story with details that demonstrate the points you are making. Involve your reader by using anecdotes and examples. Quote people in the story, directly and indirectly.
By showing rather than telling in your writing, you'll re-create in your readers' minds the world you experienced and you'll let them experience it with their own senses. This approach is so much more preferable than you simply telling your readers what you saw and imposing your conclusions on them.
For example, don't say: "The sun shone brilliantly," or "The main course was delicious." These might be perfectly accurate descriptions but they're weak and don't explain to the reader why you are reaching these conclusions.
Instead of saying: "The sun shone brilliantly," consider instead: "The sun shone so brightly even the grazing sheep sought shelter under trees," or "The sun was so bright we needed sunglasses at breakfast."
Instead of saying: "The main course was delicious," consider instead: "The succulence and flavour of the meat justified sacrificing many more of the previous offerings than I had managed."
I'm sure you can come up with better suggestions than these. But what I hope these examples demonstrate is that you can paint a much more vivid picture by describing an observation or passing on an anecdote than you can by forcing a conclusion on your reader. Present the facts and let the reader decide on the conclusion.
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