The Secret to Making your writing flow like a big slippery slide on a hot day.
If you want your reader to actually read what you have slaved over to write, edit and perfect – then you should keep reading.
You see, too many folks love to write extremely long blocks of text. Like a highschool textbook, or better yet one of those useless paperweights in university.
yet, you forget to think about how you personally look at these blocks of text. “oh boy, I don’t want to read that. It’ll take way too long and I’ve got stuff to do.”
the thing is, we are creatures of habit. With reading, we like to read in full chapters. So if I’m on the john with a book, I’ll go ahead and check how long the chapter is before starting.
This gives me a notion of how long I’ll be here reading the wonderful craft in front of me.
I mean, who wants to read half a chapter and come back a day later to forget what was going on. Nope, I’d rather read the entire chapter in one sitting.
And chances are you’re like that as well.
This just means we like small chunks of information to be taken in at a time, so why not break up that bit intimidating block of text to make sure you’re reader even wants to read it.
Yes it goes against english 101, but who cares – if you want your ideas, passions, and message read by others – then break up your paragraphs into one or two sentences at a time.
Just like I’ve done here. Nothing intimidating, just small digestible chapters and tidbits of information to help you get to the next one.
Kind of like a slide. One of those you would blow up on a hot day, splash some water on and slide down until the sun set.
As you read this, it seems simple. It flows nice and smooth. Another quick tip is to write just like you speak. As if you’re sitting next to someone and letting them into your beautiful mind.
I remember reading a philosophy paper I did back in the good old college…
…damn near impossible to read now. It’s it professor talk, not regular human being talk.
The key is to look for an 8th grade reading level, don’t worry your smart friends won’t think you’re an idiot because of it. And they’ll still read what you have to say
This one tip will dramatically increase your readership. Also, If you decide to create a non-fiction book…
…my hat will be off to you if your chapters are 2 to 3 pages as well. If you’ve ever read through a book like that, you probably blew right through it without a thought.
And that my friends is how to get anyone to slip through your words like a chute full of grease. Seems nasty, now that you think about it.
But I forgot to tell you about the last bit, don’t have enough time now so I’ll let you in on it over at david rosa.net You’ll find some more rants about getting readership and conversions.