5 Tips to Making Your Writing More Exciting
What makes good writing?
Accuracy. Clarity. Brevity.
Perhaps you enjoy writing or perhaps you find it sort of painful. Regardless, all of us have to write something on a daily basis, whether it’s an email, proposal, presentation, article, and just about anything else.
However, the focus shouldn’t be on whether you want to write; it should be on your message. If you want your message to resonate, you’ll want to find ways to make your writing more appealing, interesting, and informative. The best way to do this is to pay attention to your word choice.
Here are 5 practical tips you can apply right away.
1. Choose active voice and vivid verbs . Passive voice, or leaving the subject out of the sentence, makes it look like you are trying to avoid responsibility. For example, instead of “the ball was thrown,” write “he threw the ball.” Whenever possible, avoid the “to be” verb (is, are, am, was, were). Instead of saying “he was running the meeting with an iron fist,” say “he ran the meeting with an iron fist.” Instead of “Bill is a great employee,” try “Bill works exceptionally well on a team.”
2.Choose precise words. All writing is made up of words. Doh! you may say, of course it is . To keep your writing short and to the point, use specific words. For example, rather than “several people,” use “three people.” Did you notice the title of this article? Instead of just saying “Tips to Make Your Writing More Exciting,” we’ve said, “5 Tips ….” Using numbers draws attention and gives the reader a “specific” path to follow.
3.Choose concise phrasing . Instead of “don't have the resources,” use “lack the resources.” Change “in view of the fact that” to “because.” Rather than “at the conclusion of the meeting,” write “following the meeting.” Shorter phrases make your writing easier to read and more interesting; longer phrases, while technically accurate, muddy up your writing.
4.Choose simple words. Trying to impress people with big words and complex sentences leads to ineffective writing. Avoid words like “utilize” rather than “use,” “ascertain” rather than “find out.” Exciting writing is focused and simple.
5.Choose appropriate words. If you write a technical piece for a publication, client, or colleague, you may choose to use jargon, acronyms, and industry-speak the intended audience naturally understands. When writing a note to a roommate or friend, you may choose to use slang or ultra-casual language. Either way, the reader needs to intuitively understand your point without asking questions or using Wikipedia to figure out what you’re trying to say.
The best way to improve your writing, whether you like to write or not, is to pay attention! While that may sound overly simple, it’s true. Spend time reading and reviewing your work, even if it’s a simple email. Make sure you’ve used clear and concise words, and that you’ve stopped writing when you’ve made your point.
Word choice can showcase your knowledge and education … or make you look juvenile and amateur. As Mark Twain said: The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
Better writing equals better communication. Good luck!
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7 Editing Tips That Will Make Your Writing More Engaging
Published May 21, 2020 | Last Updated November 13, 2023 By Nicole Bianchi 2 Comments
A few months ago, I wrote a review of award-winning editor Jack Hart’s book Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction .
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Storycraft is one of my favorite books on the craft of writing (I share several of my other favorite books in my article here ). Even though Hart aimed his book at writers of nonfiction, I believe there is much that writers of fiction can glean from its pages too.
In fact, there’s one chapter in particular that’s a goldmine of editing tips for any kind of writing. Recently, I collected my top takeaways from the chapter and arranged them as an editing checklist for myself when I work on blog posts, essays, and short stories.
I’ve found these tips incredibly helpful so, today, I wanted to share seven of them with you!
These powerful editing tips will help you breathe life into your writing, turn plodding sentences and paragraphs into fast-paced narratives, and capture the attention of your readers.
Let’s dive in.
1. Get Moving in Your Introduction
Hart emphasizes the importance of getting moving right out of the block. Make sure your opening paragraphs aren’t dry and filled with exposition. Instead, they should include a sentence or two that catches your reader’s interest and entices them to read more.
Hook your readers with action, curiosity, or intrigue.
The hook might be the very first sentence in your piece — a real attention grabber like the opening line of George Orwell’s 1984 ,
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
In my recent memoir essay “ Expecting the Unexpected in New York City ”, I followed that approach, opening with this sentence,
During the two-and-a-half years that I went to college in New York City, I witnessed a crime only once.
However, you can also bury the hook several paragraphs into your piece as I did in my essay “ The Hidden Treasure Beneath My Library ”, and as Joan Didion did in her essay “Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream” when she writes, after three paragraphs,
Imagine Banyan Street first, because Banyan is where it happened.
Even if the hook appears several paragraphs into your story or essay, make sure those preceding paragraphs are fast moving. They might even hint that a twist or something else unexpected is coming.
And that leads into tip #2.
2. Push Scenes Forward with Continuous Motion
Scenes should not be stagnant. At the end of a scene, the action should move forward. The characters shouldn’t be glued to their chairs and talking to each other like robots. That will bore our readers to tears!
If you have scenes with dialogue, include descriptions of what the characters are doing while they’re talking. Often, this is more effective at revealing what they’re feeling then if you used words like “angrily.”
For example, compare these two sentences:
“I’m not talking about this,” he said angrily.
“I’m not talking about this,” he said and slammed the door behind him.
When you’re editing your piece, look to see if you’ve included motion to push scenes forward. If you’re writing an informative blog post, this might mean including a story to illustrate a point.
3. Use the Language of Action
Are your action scenes as powerful as they could be?
Hart points out that the most powerful action words describe causality.
For example, let’s say you’re describing a woman driving a car. She tries to swerve out of the way of something in the road. You could write, “The car jerked to the left.”
But Hart suggests that it would be more gripping to write, “She jerked the wheel to the left”. It puts us closer to where the action is happening.
4. Write in the Active Voice
With tip #3 in mind, when you edit your piece, make sure you’ve written your sentences in the active voice and not the passive.
If your high school grammar is a little rusty, you can read a quick review of passive sentences here . Essentially, in a passive sentence, the subject receives the action rather than performing it.
For example, politicians and business executives like to use the passive voice when they want to avoid claiming responsibility for a mistake. They might write, “Mistakes were made.”
It’s a neat little trick because this sentence avoids taking responsibility by failing to tell us who made the mistakes.
Note that you can’t fix a passive sentence by tacking the subject onto the end. “Mistakes were made by all of us” is still passive.
So how to fix it?
Just write, “We all made mistakes.” Now the sentence is active.
5. Eliminate Unnecessary Words
In his book On Writing Well (Amazon affiliate link), William Zinsser notes,
…The secret of good writing is to strip every sentence to its cleanest components. Every word that serves no function, every long word that could be a short word, every adverb that carries the same meaning that’s already in the verb, every passive construction that leaves the reader unsure of who is doing what–these are the thousand and one adulterants that weaken the strength of a sentence.
Hart agrees and recommends eliminating the following unnecessary words in order to write strong sentences:
1. Progressive tense and auxiliary verbs. Write “The wind blows” or “The wind blew” instead of “the wind is blowing” or “the wind had blown.”
2. Empty Words. For example, eliminate “There are”, “There is”, “There was”, “It is”, “It was”. I shared more about empty words in my article here .
3. Beginning of an action. For example, don’t say “He began to race around the room.” Just write, “He raced around the room.”
6. Use Time Markers and Straight Chronology
Sometimes when you’re writing a narrative, it’s necessary to skip forward or backward in time. However, if you do, be sure you use clear time markers so your readers don’t get confused.
If your reader has to stop to try to figure out when something is happening, it will definitely slow down the pace of your narrative.
A time marker just means that you write a line explaining when the next scene is going to take place. For example, “None of this would have happened if I hadn’t received that call two days earlier …” or “Fast forward three weeks later.”
Hart points out that sometimes your time markers can be more subtle,
You might simply note the fall colors on the trees when you open a new scene that jumps ahead from summer to autumn. Or you could slip in the height of the sun in the sky when a character walks out of a building.
He also believes straight chronology is the easiest for readers to follow, so evaluate your piece to see if a flashback really is necessary. Sometimes I’ll rearrange paragraphs in my piece because I realize that jumping backward and then forward in time might be confusing to my readers.
7. Speed up, then Slow Down
Speed up during the boring parts. Slow down during the climatic scenes.
How do you speed up? Wherever you have lots of exposition, make sure you’re only communicating what’s absolutely necessary for your readers to know.
I’ll ask myself, “Is this paragraph of description necessary? Is this back-story necessary?”
When you reach a climatic moment in your piece, however, you’ll want to slow down the pace of your writing to keep your readers in suspense. It will give the writing a breathless quality.
Hart quotes Pulitzer-Prize winner Tom French,
The reason you slow down is so that the reader can really feel and process and really enter that scene…And how do you slow down?…You allow more space on the page. You allow more sentences. You literally write in shorter sentences. You get more paragraph breaks. You use space. You find pauses inside the scene that occur naturally that you would normally skip over.
I wrote more about varying sentence structure in my article here .
These seven editing tips are simple and straightforward. You can start using them right away to make your writing more engaging and fast-paced.
By following these tips, you’ll better hold the attention of your readers and, thus, be more effective at sharing your message with the world.
If you’re looking to strengthen your writing and storytelling skills, I definitely recommend getting a copy of Hart’s book. It’s an in-depth read with lots of fantastic actionable advice.
Make sure to check out the other five tips I shared from his book in my previous review here .
What was your biggest takeaway from Jack Hart’s tips above? Let me know in the comments.
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June 14, 2020 at 4:22 am
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- 13 Ways to Make Your Writing More Interesting to Read
There are numerous characteristics of a good essay: original thinking, a tight structure, balanced arguments, and many more .
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But one aspect often overlooked is that a good essay should be interesting . It should spark the curiosity of the reader, keep them absorbed, make them want to keep reading and learn more. A boring essay risks losing the reader’s attention; even if the points you make are excellent, a dull writing style or poor handling of a dry subject matter can undermine the positive aspects of the essay. The problem is that many students think that essays should be like this: they think that a dull, dry style is suited to the purposes of academic writing, and don’t consider that the teacher reading their essay wants to find the essay interesting. Academic writing doesn’t have to be – and shouldn’t be – boring. The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to make your writing more interesting, even though you can only do so much while remaining within the formal confines of academic writing. Let’s look at what they are.
1. Be interested in what you’re writing about
If there’s one thing guaranteed to inject interest into your writing, it’s actually being interested in what you’re writing about. Passion for a subject comes across naturally in your writing, typically making it more lively and engaging, and infusing an infectious enthusiasm into your words – in the same way that it’s easy to chat knowledgeably to someone about something you find interesting. This makes it relatively easy to write interestingly about a subject you have a real passion for. However, problems arise when you’re forced to write an essay about subjects for which you lack enthusiasm. It’s difficult to conjure up passion for your least favourite subjects, and that will come across in your writing. There are steps you can take, though: here are some tips on writing about a subject you don’t enjoy.
- Adjust your mindset : convince yourself that there are no boring subjects. If the subject or essay comes across as boring, blame yourself; if you find yourself feeling negatively about it, try to find the interest in it. Think about how it relates to the real world and how important the subject is. Find interesting snippets of information about it and look at it from a new angle.
- Think about your reader : consider the fact that not everyone will find the subject as boring as you do. As you write, keep the reader in mind and imagine them to be the world’s biggest fan of this subject.
- Find the fans : if you find it impossible to get into the mindset of your audience, try Googling the subject to find forums, videos or blog posts in which the subject is discussed by people who do find it interesting. This will help you picture whom you’re writing for, and give you a different perspective on a subject you may not have found inspiring up to now.
2. Include fascinating details
Another factor that can make an essay boring is a dry subject matter. Some subjects or topic areas are naturally dry, and it falls to you to make the essay more interesting through your written style (more on this later) and by trying to find fascinating snippets of information to include that will liven it up a bit and make the information easier to relate to. One way of doing this with a dry subject is to try to make what you’re talking about seem relevant to the real world, as this is easier for the reader to relate to. In a discussion of a seemingly boring piece of legislation, for instance, you could make a comment along the lines of “if it were not for this legislation, none of us would enjoy the freedom to do such and such today”, or “Legislation A ultimately paved the way for Legislation B, which transformed criminal law as we know it.” Make it seem exciting!
3. Emulate the style of writers you find interesting
When you read a lot, you subconsciously start emulating the style of the writers you read. It’s therefore beneficial to read widely, as this exposes you to a range of styles and you can start to take on the characteristics of those you find interesting to read. If you feel engaged with a piece of writing, the writer must be doing something right! As you read, think consciously about what the writer is doing to hold your interest, perhaps underlining or copying out certain phrases, techniques, sentence structures and so on. Then apply their techniques to your own writing.
4. Write in the active voice
It’s the oldest trick in the book, but using the active rather than the passive voice will automatically make your writing more interesting to read. It results in more direct, energetic writing that makes the reader feel more ‘in the moment’. Unfortunately, many students employ the passive voice in the belief that it makes their writing sound more academic or intellectual; in fact, it makes their writing sound boring. Remember, the active voice is when the subject of the sentence “acts”, while the passive voice is when the subject is acted upon. Passive : It was concluded by the scientists that the methods used were… Active : The scientists concluded that the methods used were… The subject in this example is “the scientists” and the “act” they are carrying out is “concluding”. As you can see in this example, the active voice almost always results in neater and more elegant phrasing, which is more concise and enjoyable to read.
5. Borrow some creative writing techniques
There’s clearly a limit to the amount of actual ‘story-telling’ you can do when you’re writing an essay; after all, essays should be objective, factual and balanced, which doesn’t, at first glance, feel very much like story-telling. However, you can apply some of the principles of story-telling to make your writing more interesting. For example, just as the opening sentence or paragraph of a novel is incredibly important in capturing the attention of the reader early on, so the first paragraph of your essay is essential in making your reader want to continue reading it. Start with an attention-grabbing ‘hook’ to draw them in, such as a controversial statement, a tantalising snippet of information or a rhetorical question (more on these below). Here are some more techniques you can adopt from creative writing to improve your essays .
6. Think about your own opinion
Your essay is bound to be boring if all you do is paraphrase what everyone else says about something. A good essay – in humanities subjects, at least – incorporates the writer’s intelligent responses to what others say, and this critical consideration not only shows that you’re thinking at a high academic level, but it automatically adds more interest and originality to your writing. So, think independently and don’t be afraid to demonstrate that you’re doing as much.
7. Cut the waffle
Rambling on and on is boring, and almost guaranteed to lose the interest of your reader. You’re at risk of waffling if you’re not completely clear about what you want to say, or if you haven’t thought carefully about how you’re going to structure your argument. Doing your research properly and writing an essay plan before you start will help prevent this problem. Editing is an important part of the essay-writing process, so once you’ve done a first draft, edit out the waffle. Read through your essay objectively and take out the bits that aren’t relevant to the argument or that labour the point. As well as editing out chunks of text, it’s important to be economical with words – not using ten where five will suffice, and avoiding clunky phrases such as those outlined in this article . During the editing process, tighten up your phrasing by eliminating unnecessary words and reordering any sentences that read badly.
8. Using a thesaurus isn’t always a good thing
You may think that using a thesaurus to find more complicated words will make your writing more interesting, or sound more academic, but using overly high-brow language can have the wrong effect. It alienates the reader and makes you sound pompous, with the result that the essay is more laborious to read and the reader may quickly lose interest. Despite this, many undergraduates admit to deliberately over-complicating their language to make it sound more high-brow. If you want to keep your reader interested, keep your language clear and simple.
9. Avoid repetitive phrasing
Avoid using the same sentence structure again and again: it’s a recipe for dullness! Instead, use a range of syntax that demonstrates your writing capabilities as well as making your writing more interesting. Mix simple, compound and complex sentences to avoid your writing becoming predictable.
10. Use some figurative language
As we’ve already seen, it’s easy to end up rambling when you’re explaining difficult concepts, – particularly when you don’t clearly understand it yourself. A way of forcing yourself to think clearly about a concept, as well as explaining it more simply and engagingly, is to make use of figurative language. This means explaining something by comparing it with something else, as in an analogy. For example, you might use the analogy of water escaping from a hole in a bucket to explain the exponential decay of a radioactive substance, as the rate of depletion of both depends on how much remains, making it exponential. This gives the reader something familiar to visualise, making it easier for them to understand a new concept (obviously this will not be a new concept for the teacher who set your essay, but they will want to see that you can explain concepts clearly and that you have a thorough grasp of it yourself).
11. Avoid clichés
Clichés are overused words or phrases that make your writing predictable, and therefore less interesting. An example would be “at the end of the day”, but there are many such favourites of student essay-writers. Don’t forget that your teacher will have a stack of essays to read in one sitting; if you use the same tired expressions everyone else uses, your essay will blend in with all the others. Make it stand out by shunning the clichés you know your classmates will be using.
12. Employ rhetorical questions
One of the ways in which ancient orators held the attention of their audiences and increased the dramatic effect of their speeches was by making use of the rhetorical question. What is a rhetorical question? It’s essentially one you ask without expecting your audience to answer – one that you will answer yourself, like the one we asked in the previous sentence. This can be an effective way of introducing a new line of enquiry, or of raising questions that you’re going to address in more detail. A good place to use a rhetorical question is at the end of a paragraph, to lead into the next one, or at the beginning of a new paragraph to introduce a new area for exploration. The rhetorical question, “But is there any evidence to support X’s claim?” could, for instance, begin a paragraph that discusses evidence for an opinion introduced in the previous paragraph. What’s more, as we’ve already seen, you could use a rhetorical question as your ‘hook’ to lure readers in right at the beginning of your essay.
Finally, you could write the most interesting essay a teacher has ever read, but you’ll undermine your good work if it’s littered with errors, which distract the reader from the actual content and will probably annoy them. Before you submit your essay, proofread it thoroughly to ensure that the grammar is elegant, the punctuation is perfect and the spelling is flawless. Don’t just use a spelling and grammar checker, as these don’t always pick up on all the errors.
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4 Mind-Blowing Tips on How To Make Your Writing More Engaging in 2023
Check out 4 tips on how to make your writing more engaging, along with examples you can implement to improve your content's readability.
Aug 5, 2022
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Have you ever encountered a dry and dull piece of text while searching for suitable references for a blog post?
For the love of God, don't ever write a plain article just to merely meet a word count requirement. No one likes to read that stuff.
People quickly realize the potential of any content — Jacob Nielsen's research shows that 79% of people scan content rather than reading it word-by-word.
On top of that, many writers are also ignorant of how common writing mistakes affect content engagement, conversion, and abandonment rates.
But what makes the content quality engaging enough?
Today we'll show you 4 tips on how to make your writing more engaging along with examples that you can implement in your writing flow to improve your content's readability.
Let's dive in!🌊
How Do People Read Your Content?
As previously said, people scan text before deciding to read it thoroughly.
As a result, to generate content that is scannable enough for a reader to continue reading, all captivating text must follow specific guidelines. We will get to that soon enough.
But why is that important?
In 1997, Nielsen Norman Group measured the effect of improved web writing analysis that included five different versions of website writing.
The combined version of writing (that utilizes concise, scannable, and objective writing) provided the most spectacular readability results — a 124% increase in usability .
Now that you realize how people read your content, let's look at how to make your writing more engaging and scannable to keep your readers interested in reading it.
How To Make Your Writing More Engaging — 4 Tips For Astonishing Results
1. keep your sentences simple.
One of the first and the most important things when writing your content is that it is clear and understandable for all users.
While some writers make a tremendous effort to make their writing understandable and straightforward to scan, others just adapt their content for the web.
One doesn’t exclude the other. Instead, consider writing paragraphs that will engage your readers.
Here are some best-practice tips to keep in mind when writing your sentences:
- Don’t tease the user — You shouldn’t reveal everything in the first sentence. However, as you go to your point, avoid fabricating the buzz.
- Start with important information first — Lead your sentences with the most crucial information.
- Rewrite complex sentences — Rewrite sentences that are too complicated and too long for better context and readability. If you are unsure how to do that, you can always include one of the rewriter add-ons (such as TextCortex) to get the most out of your content.
- Avoid subordinate clause as a lead sentence — Avoid using a dependent phrase as a lead sentence, especially at the beginning of a paragraph.
Layout, style, tone, and quality of the content influence reader's perception and engagement with the content. Make sure to craft your sentences so that five years old can understand them.
2. Storytell Your Facts
The second most crucial factor of compelling content is understanding that people love to learn and be entertained simultaneously.
And to do so, you must combine facts (which cannot be changed) with opinions (that are a changeable factor) compellingly.
But how to do that?
Before we get to that, let's first make a clear definition of facts and opinions:
Now that we know which ingredients we need to ‘cook’ the storytelling facts let’s see how to make it engaging and effective.
Here is an example of the fact:
- “ In the United States, an estimated 30.8 million adults smoke cigarettes. ”
Here is an example of the opinion:
- “ I believe that many people smoke out of habit. But I am not sure if they are aware that smoking can damage your airways and the little air sacs (alveoli) in your lungs, causing lung illness. ”
Here is how you can combine these two to make a compelling statement:
Let’s check out the outcome:
This is a powerful fact, particularly for people in the US, and there is no guilt in just stating the facts as they are — an experienced journalist would be even harsher.
Even if smokers are aware of these facts, they'll still read them out of curiosity when you write them in a storytelling way.
The image serves as the "hook," and facts are there to make the statement more convincing, but the storytelling is what makes reading those facts less intimidating or overwhelming .
3. Give Your Readers Clear Instructions
Writing an article about a complex subject that demands a lot of technical language requires careful attention to detail.
Visuals in the form of a picture or graphics are a great way to provide in-depth guidance on the subject.
Additionally, reconsider using too technical words that can confuse the reader while he scans through your content.
Here are some pieces of advice to follow up when writing instructions for your readers:
- Define technical terms in place — If you use a sophisticated word such as 'Oscilloscope' (A device used to check oscillations for a CRT), include an explanation in brackets, like I just did. That will bring ultimate clarity to your content.
- Link to pages that have simplified explanations — If you do not have the article that can provide more details to the subject that you can link specific words to, use external sources that users can refer to for more details.
- Spell out and define acronyms — An acronym is a short name for an abbreviation. For example, the acronym "POD" describes writing style because it stands for Post, Over, Decode. For better understanding, you can also spell out your acronyms in brackets.
- Write clear and very descriptive titles — Your titles should be without technical words. Instead, they should include simple instructions. For instance, instead of "How to Write Compelling CTA", write " How To Write Compelling Call-To-Action."
- Use visuals to highlight your point — Employ illustrations, tables, lists, and charts to draw attention to important or related information.
If you are still unsure if your text is too complex, try using the Hemingway free tool .
All you need to do is insert the text and follow the color markers to determine which part of the text needs adjustments:
If the reader can't understand how to apply your explanation, he will almost certainly abandon your post.
Furthermore, "complex" explanations might cause an unneeded lack of compliance among users, and missing information can have other negative effects, especially if the user misinterprets something.
4. Include Elements That Attract Eye During Scanning
When we say “elements that attract the eye,” we mean everything that will make a specific part of the text more interesting.
Here are the most effective content elements that you can include in your writing to craft compelling pieces:
Headings (or titles) help people to scan content efficiently .
Make sure your headings have a proper format (for example, bigger letter size and bold) and are on point (describing exactly what the reader can expect in the following section).
By writing blog titles that stand out, people will quickly scan through your text and be more interested in reading it.
Numbers are a great way to draw attention because they stand out from the rest of the text. You can use them in your titles like in this example:
Or, within the text :
Readers spot numbers immediately and focus on the information around the numbers in your text.
3. Capital letters
Whether you want to use all capital letters or only first letters in caps, they are different from the rest of the text and will grab the reader’s attention.
You can experiment with capital letters when writing titles and subtitles.
4. Adjacent characters
Other word shapes that can capture the user's attention during scanning include:
- Quote marks
- Words that were closely related to the subject the user was interested in.
For example, you can start standing out pieces of your text with adjacent characters by using Italic font when asking questions or quotations and bold font with longer or compelling words.
5. Lists and bullets
Bullets and lists are something we use when we want to get to the key points quicker (such as benefits) or summarize a more significant portion of the text.
It turns out that lists and bullets are pretty effective when attracting attention — people look at 70% of the bulleted lists in the content.
Tables also tend to attract attention, especially those with clear titles and minimal amounts of text .
We can use tables to represent benefits, features, functionalities, comparisons, prices, etc., in a more organized manner .
According to Jacob Nielsen’s analysis , too many links, headlines, and bolded words undercut the goal because they no longer stand out from the rest of the text.
In that situation, people often stop scanning for these no-longer-special parts of the text, and such behavior is known as over-differentiation .
Additionally, per the same Nielsen analysis, simplifying content from 9th grade to 8th-grade readability level brings fantastic results:
Tailoring your information to the way people read it enhances engagement and makes it much easier to absorb .
According to the table above, it will impact user satisfaction, behavior, and content consumption .
As you can see, understanding how people consume your content is crucial to delivering the quality they demand.
These fundamentals will save you time and effort when crafting your content.
But let me remind you that the writing process can be streamlined even further than you think -- for that purpose, we created TextCortex.
It will take away 80% of your writing work by consistently providing you with unique, fresh, and compelling text that sounds like a human wrote it.
The web application allows you to generate blog articles, product descriptions, cold emails, ads, social media posts, and titles in more than 70 languages.
At the same time, our Chrome rewriting extension allows you to rewrite your paragraphs, extend sentences, and generate blog posts and cold emails from the comfort of any textbox.
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How to Make Your Writing More Engaging
26 Mar 2022
So, you have managed to create a brilliant hook and your readers anticipate superb content. Now you have to make the next step and convince them to continue reading and stay with you till the end. It sounds like a great plan, but you may face a lot of challenges as a writer.
It does not matter whether you are a blog writer, a researcher, or even a student working on your assignment, you are definitely eager to engage the audience and share your ideas, findings, or points of view with other people. You are not alone! There are a lot of other academics, bloggers, and writers of different kinds who struggle with the same endeavors. If you write a dull paper, your audience will not be willing to go any further than the first lines of your text. Spruce up your text and take a step away from the monotony!
Tricks that Make Your Writing Better
- No more Shakespearean flowery style!
Sorry, but your long-winded sentences can bore to death. It is so complicated to digest the text with lengthy phrases. For sure, we do not recommend making your texts sound primitive, but there should be a limit to complex structures in your writing. Shorten the sentences which appear too wordy and include only relevant information in them. If the phrase is concise, it produces high impact and attracts more readers.
- Estimate the number of words in the sentence and make sure that there are not more than twenty words in it.
- Link ideas with transitional phrases not conjunctions.
- Make a mix of simple sentences and long clauses.
- Cover the most important content in short sentences as the readers pay attention to them.
- No repetitions!
Your vocabulary determines the quality of impact your text can make. It can be diversified with various phrases and precise wording. Your readers will be tired of similar patterns and same words and you can help them keep focused.
- Pay special attention to the organization of paragraphs to make sure that all similar topics are grouped accordingly.
- Use effective synonyms.
- Mix nouns and pronouns, but always double check the text you have composed for clarity.
- Be creative with sentence structures
Learning how to make your writing more engaging, do not forget about the variety of patterns in grammar compositions. If one sentence follows the pattern “subject + verb + several objects,” then the next one should use inversion or some other technique to prevent tedious flow.
- Complex and compound sentences should be mixed with simple sentences. Thus, the readers will get some break from time to time and feel more relaxed while perceiving your ideas.
- Mind not only the grammar constructions, but also the number of words in a sentence. The length of the sentences should vary.
- Read a lot!
Get exposed to different writing styles, expand your vocabulary, develop your skills of critical thinking, and study grammar in context via extensive reading. It is also a great way to get inspired!
- Always do the editing! (see the next section!)
Tricks that Facilitate Effective Editing
If you feel that your writing needs some life to breathe in, make use of our powerful editing guidelines. Thus, you will be more efficient at capturing your readers’ attention and you will create engaging content that produce incredible impact.
- Mind every word, starting from the introduction
A dry opening paragraph can ruin all the effect out of the following parts. Some intrigue and action from the very beginning can hook the audience and motivate them to read on. It is not easy to create attention grabbers; however, if you manage, it will be your contribution to success of your writing.
- No stagnant sections
Check whether your text moves forward. Even in the informative posts for your blog, you may illustrate the points with interesting stories and bright examples.
- Use verbs in the active voice
Most of the sentences should be in the active voice. Read through your text and make sure that only a few of all sentences are passive and that is done for a specific purpose, such as avoiding responsibility or concealing who has done a particular action.
- Include only necessary words
There are words which have no actual functions. Eliminate them with no mercy as you should care about the quality, not quantity.
- Prefer the language of action
Make the sentences gripping with powerful verbs and bright adjectives.
- Change the pace of telling stories
Slow down after you have sped up. Creating suspense is a great technique for any type of writing as the readers get engaged in the story and cannot skip any aspect. You should sound straightforward and simple to strengthen the writing skills.
You do realize that one of your major concerns is choosing a brilliant topic and then engaging the audience. If your writing is not appealing enough, the readers will probably get distracted after the first 50 words. Writing on the topic, you get to a point when you feel that you have nothing more to tell about. In that case, it is much better to leave it as it is than to go on writing meaningless phrases just to add to the word count. Do not forget to remind your audience the reason why they have started reading your text. Send reminders of the subject either in the beginning or the end of every paragraph and do not let your readers get distracted.
No matter what your topic is, take your readers on your journey! If you are passionate about what you are writing about, they will feel that. And then you will take care of such aspects as proper structure, vocabulary, and grammar. If you make your audience feel included, they will be your loyal readers and fans of your writing talent. Wherever possible, make an emotional connection with them and use your impact at the emotional level along with using effective techniques. Your technical skills are as important as your ability to draw people. Wise choice of words and use of the storytelling techniques can bring you to a new level of mastery. Strive for making your style perfect! Never stop developing! Remember that the limit is the sky for a great writer!
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How to Make Your Writing More Interesting & Engaging
Once we grab our readers’ attention, a feat of its own, convincing them to continue reading is another challenge many writers face. This problem concerns not only novelists and marketers but also researchers like you.
You devote countless hours conducting your investigation and are eager to share your findings with the world, but you’re not alone in this endeavor. Thousands of other academics want the same goal, making it difficult for editors to sort through the overwhelming number of submissions they receive.
How, then, can you improve your chance to publish your academic papers successfully? Write better. Not only does the substantive information need to be interesting, but also your writing style should enhance readability and engagement. A monotonous and dull paper means no audience, which translates to editors rejecting your paper, even if your research findings are solidly grounded.
To help you spruce up your paper, we provide the following quick list of ways to improve your writing style.
1. Shorten Those 19th Century-Length Sentences
Academics write long-winded sentences. Add scientific terminology to the mix, and you’ve created an incredibly hard-to-read journal manuscript. To help readers digest your paper’s content, shorten your sentences. Not all conditions, modifiers, and exceptions need to be included in one sentence. Below are a few ways to achieve concise, higher-impact sentences. With these tips, you’ll reduce the chance of losing readers who feel lost in your entangling prose.
- Break apart longer sentences, particularly those longer than 20 words.
- Use logical transitional phrases to link ideas together instead of relying solely on conjunctions.
- If you have a series of long clauses, break them up by inserting brief ones.
- Save your most powerful content for concise phrases. Short sentences stand out, and the key message you want to convey won’t drown in a sea of words.
2. Avoid Repetitive Phrasing
Here’s a scenario we often encounter:
“You used the same word four times in a paragraph, particularly in consecutive sentences. You might want to diversify the vocabulary,” an editor suggests.
The author retorts, “But they’re technical terms. I have to use them to be accurate.”
Don’t you tire of reading the same words over and over? Your audience feels the same way. Constantly seeing similar patterns is dull, and even our brain disapproves of such writing. When we become accustomed to repetitive things like words on a page, our eyes gloss over them and we lose focus. Keep your readers engaged by switching up your prose. The following are a few ways to help you diversify your vocabulary.
- Use synonyms when possible, but be careful that the substitution fits the context.
- Don’t forget that pronouns and other demonstratives are your friends. Make sure that pronoun references are clear, however.
- Organize your paragraphs so that similar ideas and topics are together. This method will help you establish more precise references for pronouns and demonstratives.
- Repetition can be useful for emphasizing a certain point. Use it sparingly or the repeated phrases may lose their impact.
3. Diversify Sentence Structures Within a Paragraph
Like expanding word choice , varying grammatical compositions can help engage readers. For example, consistent use of “subject + verb+object” in consecutive sentences is tedious to read and is akin to child-like writing patterns. Our brains will gloss over the monotonous text. What can you do to correct this problem? Here are a couple of pointers.
- Mix compound and complex sentences and insert simple sentences to give readers’ eyes periodic breaks.
- All your sentences shouldn’t be the same length, regardless of their grammatical construction.
4. Vary Consecutive Paragraph Structures and Lengths
You can apply the advice from all three points above to paragraphs and sections.
- Make sure consecutive blocks of text don’t begin with the same phrases/words.
- All your paragraphs don’t need to be the same length.
- Switch around structures. Use bullets and numbered lists where appropriate.
- Keep your paragraphs short. No one wants to read a wall of text!
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How to make your sentences more engaging
We all know the power of truly engaging writing. Here are five simple techniques that will bring some instant pizzazz to your writing – regardless of the intent.
We all know the power of truly engaging writing. Everyone has lost themselves in a book written by a talented author: in the worlds and characters seeming to leap off the page and living in our imagination instead.
However, when we try to recreate that magical prose, too often our sentences come out as dull and uninspiring—regardless of whether we’re writing creatively or for another purpose.
Writing more engaging sentences isn’t some mystic art: with just a few small tweaks — and some techniques borrowed from the greats — your writing could captivate people too. Here are five simple techniques that will bring some instant pizzazz to your writing – regardless of the intent.
1. Use figurative language
Storytelling and imagery are deeply imprinted on the human psyche, all the way back to the days of daubing red ochre on cave walls. A well-placed piece of imagery can immediately transport a reader to another world – and makes your writing more compelling.
There are many literary devices that you can use to do this, including:
A comparison of one thing with something else – especially effective if the comparison is unconventional or unexpected.
Derek was as silent as a mouse
The trees rose above the horizon, like arrows pointed at the stars
The people crowded onto the train carriage like cattle being corralled into a pen.
Like a simile, a metaphor compares one thing to another. However, rather than using ‘like’ or ‘as’, a metaphor states that the thing is something else (but is not intended to be taken literally).
Steven’s words cut deeper than a knife
Isabella’s eyes turned to ice
The road ahead was a ribbon stretching across the desert.
The computer was a dinosaur compared to his smartphone.
Giving a non-human object, animal or idea a human attribute – making that thing feel more human and relatable.
The sun smiled upon Sarah’s face.
The vintage car coughed and wheezed as Robert started it up.
The stolen brooch lay on the dresser, staring at Teresa accusingly.
In addition, you can use other literary devices that can heighten imagery, such as:
- Alliteration: repetition of consonant sounds in a sequence of words or syllables
- Assonance: repetition of vowel sounds, so that they almost rhyme
- Onomatopoeia: words that mimic the sounds they describe
All three of these devices are used in the examples above – can you spot them?
2. Action stations
One of the simplest ways to make your writing more engaging is to use active voice rather than passive voice. This blog post goes into detail about the differences between active and passive voice, but the basic rule is:
- Active voice = subject of the sentence performs the verb action ( Olivia purchased the car)
- Passive voice = subject of the sentence receives the verb action (The car was purchased by Olivia)
In almost all circumstances, active voice is easier to understand, uses fewer words, and is more engaging than passive voice.
You can also make your sentences more active by using verbs to describe things, rather than adjectives or adverbs. For example:
“I can’t believe you saw the movie without me!” said Cynthia angrily.
Could be better phrased as:
“I can’t believe you saw the movie without me!” raged Cynthia .
The sun’s rays were warm on Alan’s skin
The sun warmed Alan’s skin
The easiest way to do this is to use Outwrite , which will suggest these changes for you. You can also use the tool to restructure any sentence you like, simply by highlighting it.
3. Appeal to the senses – hearing, smell, taste
One of the most effective techniques to make your sentences more engaging—particularly in creative writing—is to appeal to all five senses (sight, sound, taste, smell and touch). This makes your writing more real, effectively bypassing the higher brain functions and appealing to your reader at a primal level. It’s even more effective if you can do it unexpectedly, or combine more than one sense to build a complete picture. For example:
As Ben walked through the carnival gates, the first thing that struck him was the aroma of popcorn and hot dogs drifting through the air. He could almost taste the sweetness of the fried onions and the tartness of the cheap tomato ketchup. Every colour imaginable swirled against the darkness of the night sky. A cacophony of competing sounds assaulted his ears: dodgems crashing into each other, teenage laughter rising, the music from the rides merging into a discordant symphony. He reached up instinctively, seeking his father’s hand, a lifetime of calluses rough against Ben’s own soft palms.
4. Work the rhythm
We respond at a fundamental level to rhythm. Writing has its own rhythm, too, which we can manipulate via different sentence lengths and punctuation to make our writing more interesting.
Varying your sentence lengths is a very effective way to make your reader sit up and pay attention.
Long sentences are calming, to a point: lulling your readers into a (false) sense of security — at least, until they start to go on a little too long, which starts to create a sense of anxiety or discomfort.
Whereas short, staccato sentences have impact. They punch the reader in the face. Quick. Hard. Powerful.
Punctuation within sentences serves a similar function – a comma , a semicolon and a colon all indicate a slightly different length of pause (along with their strict grammatical functions). Using brackets, em-dashes or en-dashes instead of commas can also make a clause more or less prominent, and keeps your readers engaged.
5. Break it up
Finally, don’t underestimate the visual impact of your writing.
Big blocks of text send us to sleep, especially in the digital age. Use formatting on the page (or screen) to add interest to your writing: for example, insert relevant images to break up blocks of text.
Introduce headings at regular intervals – these can be more frequent for short, informal writing like blogs; they are generally less frequent (and may also feature two or three levels of sub-headings) for more formal writing.
Meanwhile, design features like pull-out boxes or different fonts can highlight key pieces of text. Use italics to emphasise key words (this is generally preferred to bold or CAPS nowadays). Using bullet points for lists or examples helps break up the text, and improves reader engagements.
All of these techniques are at play in this blog post – why not scroll back up and see how many you can spot?
An even easier way to make your sentences pop
There you have it. Five quick and easy ways to turn turgid prose into sparkling, witty sentences.
Of course, you can also let Outwrite’s paraphrasing tool improve your sentences for you: just double-click on or highlight a sentence, select your rewriting goal, and Outwrite will generate a list of suggestions for you.
5 Tricks To Make Your Writing More Engaging
These are some useful and easy-to-follow tips you can use to make your writing more engaging and exciting. all you have to do is keep your write-up straightforward and use easily understood vocabulary..
Writing requires plenty of skill and practice. As a writer, you need to learn the art of catching your audience’s attention. Good writers are capable of engaging their audience in their work. To do well in your academics, you should strive hard to make your writing more interesting.
Here are some tips to make your writing more engaging.
Write in the Active Voice
You can look for a place to buy essays online to order a well-researched customized essay on the benefits of using active voice. There are many benefits of preferring active voice over passive voice as it makes your writing more engaging. It is recommended that you polish your grammatical skills to make your writing error-free. Your readers will be put off by the grammatical mistakes you commit during your writing. Practice writing in an active voice to make your writing more engaging to your audience.
If you seek help from an expert on how to make your writing more interesting, they will advise you to use an active voice. You can make your writing sound direct and energetic by using an active voice. Your readers will feel more engaged with the events you have narrated in your writing. Moreover, the readers will easily understand what is happening and efficiently track the proceedings. It helps to keep your audience interested till the end.
Some writers think that using passive voice gives their writing an academic touch, and they can sound more intellectual using passive voice. However, readers find the writing more boring in many cases if they use passive voice in their writing. Using the active voice will construct neater phrases that will make your writing better and more appealing. You will only end up making long and complex sentences if you make a habit of using the passive voice as your preferred structure. Consequently, your readers will find your writing quite boring and difficult to understand. As a writer, you should make a sincere effort to make your writing more enjoyable for your readers.
Choose Precise Words
If you want your readers to call your paper a masterpiece of interesting writing, you should start using more precise words. Clarity is the key element of good writing skills. You can make your writing sound clear to your readers by using precise words that can help deliver the message clearly to your audience.
Sometimes, writers use complicated language to make their writing more interesting for their audience. It is recommended that you not take this path as this technique often results in disaster. It makes your writing sound boastful, and your reader may find it difficult to understand. In addition, your readers would lose their interest as they would like to make a strenuous effort of comprehending what message you are trying to give through your writing.
If you strive for engaging writing, you should keep your writing to the point. Make sure that you use exact words to deliver your idea. Using precise words will make your writing clear, and you will keep your audience interested. Using words wisely to convey your idea is the key to writing engaging articles. Using lofty words that your audience is unfamiliar with to convey your message is not a good idea. Choosing more straightforward and more familiar words is the way to go if you are wondering how to make my writing better.
Vary Consecutive Paragraph Structures and Lengths
If you wish to make your writing engaging for your audience, you need to be creative to develop your point of view in your paper. By bringing a variety in paragraph structure and length, you can make your articles more interesting. You can use different paragraph structures to give your writing an exciting touch. You will have to choose from different styles of structures as per the requirement of your article.
It will help if you also make an effort to make sure that your essay has paragraphs of different lengths so that your audience can notice the stylistics in your writing. It will give your writing that unique touch and your readers will appreciate the way you use writing techniques to good effect. You can change the length of your paragraphs according to the style of the paper that you are working on.
It is important that your writing should not have a monotonous touch. By varying the length and structures of your paragraph, you will create an exciting reading for your readers. You should plan well before you sit to write your essay and give due consideration to the length and structures of your paragraphs. Plan for what specific effect you will alter the lengths of your paragraphs and what you will try to achieve by doing that. Your success depends on how creative you are in engaging your audience, and you can do that by bringing variety to your writing.
Borrow Some Creative Writing Techniques
An effective means of making your writing more engaging is to use creative writing techniques. You can use several creative writing techniques to write exciting papers. These stylistic devices can help you create great content that your readers can visualize and easily understand your message. For example, you can use the following techniques for different purposes to make your writing more interesting .
- Use the “Rhetorical Question” technique to think about a particular point. You can also use this technique to express strong emotions in your writing;
- You can use the technique of “Personification” to give an exciting touch to your writing. Personification will help you in interestingly portraying nonliving things;
- Use the technique of “Onomatopoeia” to make your stories sound more realistic. Your audience will find this technique quite appealing;
- You can use “Colloquial language” to make your readers relate more to your writing.
Make sure that you don’t develop a habit of overusing words. It is a habit that you can develop, and most of the time, you don’t even notice that you are using sentences again and again. You often repeat the exact phrases and sentences that make your writing sound more redundant. It will help if you read your writing to identify whether you repeatedly use words and sentences. Your readers will get tired of the repeated expressions and find your writing quite dull. So avoid clichés to make your writing more interesting.
These are some useful and easy-to-follow tips you can use to make your writing more engaging and exciting. All you have to do is keep your write-up straightforward and use easily understood vocabulary so that your reader stays glued to your paper.
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10 Ways to Make Your Writing More Interesting for Readers
It can be a little intimidating to think about writing for the reader. When you start, it’s almost like a swimming lesson. You don’t know where to look, your hands are shaking, and there are not too many people around to help you. Writing is a stimulating activity that allows you to express your thoughts and feelings better. It can be fun and may help you find creative ways to think and experience life. Whenever you author an article or a blog post, you want to make it easy for any reader. That’s why you need to create a hook. You can accomplish this by having a more exciting introduction or by including some statistics and data for the reader to make sense of what they’re reading. To make your essay more interesting, try the following measures.
- Use an active voice.
- Use quotes from different sources and combine them to add more detail.
- Build your sentences using parallel construction so that they have strong links between each other and form a logical whole.
- Add more action verbs to your writing. Verbs such as explain, describe, and think about are more engaging than verbs like say or tell.
However, it can get too simple and boring at times. Let’s face it, unless you are writing a book or sending out magazines, commercials, or any other sophisticated material, the most important thing you need to do is make your writing more readable. The following ten ways suggest how to make your writing more interesting.
How To Make Writing More Interesting
- Use strong verbs : Your readers will enjoy reading your content more if you use strong verbs that are easy to understand. Rather than using the same phrases throughout your article, use interesting and relevant words. You will make your readers want to read more. Strong verbs can make the writing more exciting and evoke the right mood and tone. They break up the paragraphs and help readers understand what the text means.
- Vary sentence structure : Different types of sentences are needed for different tasks, such as informative or persuasive. They include support and indirect statements. A type of white space between sentences helps readers concentrate on the meaning of the main phrase. You can vary sentence length to create more exciting writing without having to change your topic to keep it flowing and professional. Your style is extremely important. Employ simple and clear sentences that are easy to follow. If you use a lot of words with little meaning, it will make your writing sound uninteresting to readers.
- Keep your sentences short and sweet : Your writing is less interesting if you stick to simple, predictable sentences. Vary them by being creative. They range from short ones that are brief and to the point, to long ones where each sentence has a specific purpose.
- Embrace synonyms and antonyms : You should start by figuring out what your readers can expect and then reduce the unexpected. One way to do this is to use synonyms and antonyms. If you are working with a specific topic, you may already know how many synonyms and antonyms exist for it. Even then, you need to go beyond that level of knowledge. Consider the opposite of your subject matter as well. For example, if your story is about a hobby, then you might equally consider writing about the bad habit or thing that people see in their spare time.
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More Tips on How To Make Writing More Interesting
- Avoid clichés like the plague : It is not only boring but irritating to read. If you must write it in your paper, make sure that you do a good job of making it different from other papers.
- Lose adjectives and adverbs like a nemesis stick to a superhero’s spandex suit : Sometimes, writing is about action. When you make your readers feel part of the story, you can create a powerful and memorable experience for them. Use common sense and avoid unnecessary adjectives and adverbs, especially when it comes to describing something that is gone. The fewer words you use, the more powerful your writing will be.
- Describe actions, not thoughts or feelings : Action is always more exciting than thought. Sometimes, it’s hard to describe thoughts and feelings. Describing actions can make my writing more relatable, for example. Focus on what your hero or heroine is doing, not how they are feeling.
- Be aware of passive voice : Slow down and make your job easier by developing an active writing habit, right from the start. Write every day, don’t edit yourself, and put your best thoughts on paper first thing in the morning. If you’re not comfortable with writing yet, try reading a few pages of something you enjoy in your academic life. Know that great writing needs to be interesting. Try keeping a journal on topics that pique your interest and see where they take you. Do not consider it “writing” when you are just repeating someone else’s ideas. So, use facts to support arguments and make your essay more interesting.
- Be specific : Effective writing is simple. A first draft outline lists the main points you want to make in your essay. It serves as a roadmap for how you want to better organize your thoughts and ideas. A strong introduction will bring readers into the essay’s topic early on, establishing that even though reading has begun, there are still multiple layers that need to be explored.
- Make it a habit to read good books, and maybe write one yourself : Writing is like a dance. You can tell it’s a dance if there’s music and everything, but some movements are more impressive than others. A writer dances with words, and a good one uses their words to communicate not just facts or ideas but emotions, actions, and thoughts. The above are good tips on how to make your writing more interesting.