The Best Writing Advice
From a reader’s perspective
I may not be a writer, but I’m an avid reader who can tease out good posts from the bad. With so many writing advice circulating on the internet from so-call experts and gurus, I thought I’d take a different approach. Writing tips from readers. After all we write in hope for people to read it right?
Here’re the five writing tips that will be useful if you’re planning to have audiences for your piece.
GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION
What kind of first impression does your title has for the readers?
Intrigued enough for us to click on it to find out? Or shall we move on?
We make snap judgement about the post on the title alone because that’s the only information we can draw from about your post.
I bet you there were points in time where I past shoulders with good writings because of their subpar titles.
Some may argue that a great title equates to a click-bait title. Sure they both draw readers to read the post, but there’s one clear distinction between a click-bait title and a great title. A great title tells me what to expected in the piece, often with the main idea condense into a few words, where a click-bait title magnifies an intriguing point but has nothing to do with the main idea of the post.
START WITH A POW
Skip the foreplay and go straight into action. We have short attention span so start with a POW and slowly wheel in your reader’s attention with your following paragraphs. I think this has to do with Zeigarnik effect where we hate not finishing what we start, so you were able to make us stick around for the first paragraph, chances are we’ll read the full post.
LONGER DOES NOT MEAN BETTER
Here’s a snippet from Seth Godin’s latest posts.
WHAT’S THE POINT
What’s the takeaway of your posts? What’s the lesson that I’m going to walk away with about your cat story? More importantly do they even care about the lessons that you’re trying to teach?
I love stories, especially personal stories coming from writers themselves. It’s interesting that we’re unique in our ways different life style, different families and friends yet we all share similar experiences in life. The bits and bots of stories create a sense of familiarity with the writer, and that’s what makes reading so enjoyable. I’m reminded by your stories that I’m not alone in this world, other people have the same experiences as me. Take away: incorporate stories into your writings.
Hey Kate here and thanks for reading! What other writing tips am I missing? If you an avid reader, I’d like to hear your thoughts.
Originally published at iamkatechan.com on September 1, 2016.