What do you consider a good book? One that you can’t put down?
So, like every writer alive, you’re probably wondering “how do I make my writing that good?”
Here are ten tips for writing a good, can’t-put-it-down book!
- Take a brief lesson in Psychology. Whether this sounds boring or exciting to you, it will benefit your writing. If you want to write a book that readers can’t put down, you have to know WHY they can’t put it down. What is going through their minds as they read? What makes them buy the book in the first place? Why will they finish the book instead of putting in the donate pile after chapter one?
- Write about something you like! Remember in school when you had to write essays about topics you didn’t care about and it felt like torture? Don’t do that to yourself. Pick a topic you’re passionate about and want to explore. If you want to be a writer, you have to enjoy it!
- Know what you’re going to say before you say it. Before you get your coffee and set the room temperature and turn off all distractions for your writing session, you should know what you’re going to write about. It’s difficult to get into the right mindset needed for your writing session without honing in on your topic to get the creative juices flowing! Know what you’re going to write about. Be specific.
- No matter what you’re writing, write in an active voice. Most of the books that you can’t put down are written in the present tense so the reader can easily relate to the text.
- Show, don’t tell. Instead of writing, “it was raining” write, “the water drops pelted against the window”. Make the reader visualize what you’re writing. This takes practice, so if you can’t do it during the first draft, make sure to go back through and rewrite some of those sentences afterwards.
- Change up your sentence length. Use short sentences as much as possible so it’s easier to read. Use long sentences when necessary, but make sure there are shorter sentences in between to keep it flowing.
- Use simple words. I know you want to sound like an expert in your field and an experienced writer, but you don’t have to use big, complicated words that most people don’t know in order to do that. Your writing will flow much easier if you use words that people don’t have to stop and look up in the middle of reading.
- Write short paragraphs. When you look at a page and you see one giant chunk of text, readers automatically think it will take too long to read and they will put the book down. If you break up that large block of text into smaller paragraphs, readers will continue to read without a second thought about it.
- Write as often as possible! This is critical to your writing career. In order to be a good writer, you have to write! Choose a random prompt for a short story, write a poem, skip to a different part of your book and start writing there, start writing a new book, recall a memory in vivid written detail or pick up where you left off yesterday. Just make sure you are writing as much as possible.
- Read. Writers learn how to write by reading. If you want to be a good writer, you have to read good books. Study the greats, read something different than you usually do, read the number one best seller in the same genre as the book you’re writing or read books about writing…but read!