Writing Advice

How to value your reader’s time


Hopefully by now I’ve established that I’m a writer that loves writing helpful blog posts. Which brings me to my next topic.

How do you engage your reader? Yes. I’m talking to all you serious writers out there. Yes. I know its a battle to keep the precious reader engaged, but we’re writers dammit, that’s our job!

You make them a part of the story with strong writing. Yes. We all know the cliche: “Show, dont tell” but I won’t waste your time with that now. If you’re a writer you should know by now that you can both “show” and “tell” in a balanced manner without violating that rule.

The key word here is: feel. Or, feelings. As a writer it is part of our creed to engage the reader, to bring his/her feelings to the surface. To elicit a response. Whether it be internal or external.

You do that not only by creating conflict, but by engaging all the senses associated with feeling: Sight, Taste, Smell, Hearing, etc.

One thing I like to do is make readers hungry. And living in the U.S.A. where we’re blasted with food and restaurant commercials on a regular basis thats not hard to do. So we take feeling and associate it with appetite. It may be a battle at first to incorporate this into your writing but I guarantee you over time the payoff will be worth it.

I like to make some of the characters in my stories hungry too. How? By descriptively showcasing the food on the table or in a restaurant. You get the picture. Incorporate it into your writing. You’ll not only improve your writing but also help the food manufacturing industry in spades. But with everything in life, use in moderation. Or, you might be better off writing a cookbook.

Remember: Engage with moderation, sprinkle this throughout your writing and you’ll have some appreciative readers.

As always, thanks for reading my words,

T.A. Uner

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs regularly about writing and self-improvement. You can also subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. If you do this he will dance on his hands.


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