13 Ways to Make Your Writing More Interesting to Read
How to make your writing more interesting.
1. Be interested in what you’re writing about.
You know how bored it can be to learn or write about something that has no interest for you. Think about school topics or subjects. And…if you hate it, it makes it more difficult to write about it. Then writing becomes passionless. Only words with no meaning or emotions. Be sure you know what you want to write about. What your genre, topic and category will be and what is the criteria for each. If it’s a thriller, know what it should look like. What are the essentials that make it a thriller, and a good one?
If your writing is not interested to yourself, will it be to your reader?
2. Include fascinating details
Try to include information that will liven it up a bit and make the information easier to relate to. Give snippets of detail, not long boring descriptions. Focus on interesting detail. Make it relevant to the real world.
3. Look at other writers you find interesting
Look at their style and writing techniques. What do they do to make their content more interesting? Apply their techniques to your own writing.
4) Write in the active voice
Writing in the active voice, results in more direct, energetic writing that makes the reader feel more ‘in the moment’. 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) Use creative writing techniques.
Start at the beginning of your story to hook to draw your reader in.
Look at different ways to describe actions, dialogue and settings.
Use other words than the usual.
6) Your own opinion.
You can give your own opinion but never try to force your ideas on your readers. Give them the opportunity to decide for themselves.
7) Come to the point.
Be clear what you want to say. Do research properly on the topic beforehand. Do it all on a draft. Change and give more information if needed. Don’t stretch your content with unneeded content.
8) Use easy words and phrases.
Remember who your reader target is. If it is ordinary people, don’t use difficult phrases or words. Keep it simple for everyone to understand.
For more professional readers you can include words and descriptions related to the topic, that they will understand.
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
Using analogies with the natural world can often make concepts easier for readers to understand.
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.
11) Avoid Clichés
Clichés are overused words or phrases that make your writing predictable, and therefore less interesting. An example would be “She blushes red as an apple”. Try something new: she blushes red as her Ferrari. Don’t use the same tired expressions everyone else uses. Make up your own unique ones.
12) Make use of rhetorical questions.
This is a question you ask without expecting your reader to answer. It is left to the reader to decide and answer it for himself.
You raise a question, and can always address it later in more detail. This is an effective way of introducing a new line of inquiry. 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 the virus the only killer outside?” will keep your reader reading. They will be forced to find out for themselves. This hooks them, and they will not put your book down.
13) Proofreading is a must
You could write the most interesting story, 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 manuscript, proofread it to ensure that the grammar is elegant, the punctuation is perfect and your spelling is flawless.