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    PG Tips - Do not bore the reader

    Date Posted: 13/05/2011 | Category: Editing, Self Publishing, Writing, Editing, Self Publishing, Writing,

    PG Tips - Do not bore the reader

    More writing tips for this week (PG rated, of course - yes, I know that was a seriously lame joke, but there you go):

    Do not bore the reader. That might sound like an obvious one, but far too many writers spend far too long writing endless pages of prose that end up being of little interest to anyone other than themselves. Unless you are writing for your eyes and your eyes only, you need to remember the golden rule - cut to the chase, and cut out the waffle. This can also include the cutting of unnecessary and extraneous words. Some words like "actually", "very" and "really" and so forth usually add nothing to the text and do little other than up the word count. Get rid of them. I mean it. No, really I do.

    Be excited about your work. If you are not all that interested in what it is you are writing about, how do you expect the reader to be? Be enthused, invest your heart and soul into it and the reader will feel that energy shining on them from the words on the page. If you are going down the self publishing route in particular, you will need all your enthusiasm.

    Another vital tip is to learn to get used to criticism because, let's face it, if you are going to show your work to others, the response to it is not always going to be positive. Learn to take it and maybe even swallow your pride enough to take some of it on board if it is valid.

    p.s. A writer is never too experienced to learn more.

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