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How to Write for Readers Benefit

Updated on December 9, 2014

The Art of Writing

It takes practice and work to become a good writer but with so many unemployed there are people who want to know how to do it better and how to make a living from it.

Where to start, how to construct a story, and putting the pen to paper is awesome and a stopgap for many. What to write about and how to phrase it are the biggest handicaps any writer faces unless their brain is so stuffed with knowledge that it just pours out of them.

If the brain is empty so will be your words and no one wants to read dribble. My favorite saying is "you don't know the view if you have never walked on the street". If that needs interpreting than chances are you have an empty brain. If, on the other hand, it fires your imagination then chances are you are already a good writer. To become proficient at the art can take years so don't despair.

Forget about the empty page you ponder over wondering what to write about. Consider instead what your readers want. That's the true starting point. Be prepared to give before you receive as that is the key to good writing. What is your contribution to knowledge and how much can you give to your reader before expecting them to pay you?

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Read the News
Read the News

What's in the News

Just about everyone has an opinion

The things discussed on the media are usually good starting points for blogs and articles used to lead people to web sites where your works might be advertised. This is how you can give for nothing to get people interested in your writings.

Items in the news are topical and that's where people search for information. When something big happens, such as the tsunami or the Haiti earthquake, people are glued to the television or news reports. Newspapers sell heaps of print material as their readers absorb the stories while traveling or waiting somewhere. Every bit of information is important and the different slants are of interest to a hungry for news public.

Big news items are repeated over and over for years, even decades. There are still regular repeats of the JFK assassination, of his funeral cortege and of a little 'John-John' saluting his father's coffin. At three years of age it is doubtful whether he perceived what the day was all about or of the fuss made over it. But what appealed to the public was the human interest story, just as in every big news item.

The Haiti earthquake, which has killed probably more people than the Indian Ocean tsunami, grips the heart and pulls the strings of those who observe and want to help. Images of small children declared orphans is overwhelming and the suffering and hardship of survivors with horrific wounds, many of whom died from lack of medical treatment, will remain with us for all time. As too the great waves pushing inland from the sea to claim more than a quarter of a million lives from many countries around the Indian Ocean on Boxing Day 2004.

The reports are not necessarily great writing but they are packed with interest. They ooze the humanitarian side and they impact with amazement and terror. This is the stuff the media thrives on and which writers survive on.

Take it One Point at a Time

Never confuse your story or blog with too many details. Simple is good and staying focused is better.

Romantic couple
Romantic couple

The Familiar Creates Warmth

The unfamiliar is cold

Good stories create warmth and bring the reader into the scene, just as in the above stories. People know and relate to them. As they read they see themselves in the time zone, they feel the sensations of the day and they recreate their own images to fit in with what they experience through your words. That allows them to read with speed and not be bogged down trying to get their mind around something that they have no association with.

Its probably this that makes romance sell so well and why so many fiction writers have a code to work by. Recently a romance novelist described her formula for writing novels, which is so simple. Man meets woman, they fall in love, an obstacle separates them for a time, and they get back together in some miraculous way at the end. The author's books sell world wide and makes her a fortune. All because she concentrates on the familiar and not on the cold relationship between the unfamiliar and her audience.

That is not to say that one cannot discuss topics outside of the norm which may be of curious interest to a targeted group. For instance my reincarnation experiences are creating interest. My websites Reincarnation Facts and this one Heaven is Hell highlight my knowledge of it. The sign up forms allow readers to join my lists through which they receive information on more of my writings. Lately the interest in this subject is quite amazing and people are talking about it openly.

Another thing of interest is the bible and what has been inserted therein to change thinking and turn people away from their spiritual roots to a religious event. This is also a biggie and since starting discussions on this through my first web-sites many have taken up the call with heaps of stuff published on it. The public wants to know and the ideas behind mysteries and magic no longer holds up.

These things also generate warmth within as many have recall of things they cannot otherwise explain and prophecies, insight into the future, and de javu are high among them.

terror and pain
terror and pain

The Emotions Tell The Story

Have you ever cried, laughed or felt terror while reading a book

The emotions are there to be used when presenting a story, Authors cry over sad stories and laugh when something tickles their fancy. Books are written with a formula in mind, just as movies are, The best ones use love, hate, violence, torture, sex and horror as enhancements. People want entertainment, passion and a degree of love, hate in the characters. Most people want to feel the terror and experience the pain as well and they most definitely want to smell the roses.

Even the videos shown here employ love and hate, violence and emotions to tell their stories.

To get the right mix and to see how these emotive strings are pulled by authors you have to read and do it across a wide variety of genres. Most people do this in their every day existence through newspapers, magazines and books. A journalist looks for the angle in the story one is writing. If there is a picture to illustrate the points further all the better.

Build up to the story. Introduce the characters, their role in the scene, a bit about them, who they are and what their personalities are like. This will take time as it can't be rushed because the background scenes have to also be there. Each person comes to the story with his or her baggage in tow. What they do, how they do it, where they come from and their purpose is taken into account. If writing fiction then get a feel of how this is done from other authors. If it's a factual story then it is probably simpler.

The following video shows how this is done to great effect. WARNING - it may make you cry.

By the points raised one see the conditioning of the human mind. It is trained to expect normal things and not the abnormal. For many that means keeping to the simple formulas which people of all levels of intelligence can relate to. if, on the other hand, you are writing an academic or professional document then these rules do not apply.

A Video That Will Make you Cry

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I even get emotionally involve while I write.

    • casquid 5 years ago

      Yes I do. So the story had to be cut short for me, at the point that the abuse began. I am from an abusive background. I will pray for the family.

    • caketech 6 years ago

      I become so absorbed in what I am reading that I don't hear any sounds around me...I am totally lost in the story as long as I can relate to it and it captures my imagination.

    • GabrielaFargasch 6 years ago

      All the time! I become part of the book.... I feel all the emotions like it's happening to me...

    • MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      If its good writing and a subject that has interest.

    • David Gardner 6 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Of course... I laugh myself out of my chair when I read stuff by Dave Barry and I also get freaked out when I read good stories by Michael Crichton or J.A. Jance or Clive Cussler. Now I'm working on writing my own. And yes, I'm emotionally involved!

    • ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      Absolutely. When reading fiction the characters become real to me. I worry for them and I cry with them. If a book doesn't pull be in within the first chapter I have trouble finishing the book. A good book I'll read a dozen times.

    Do you get emotionally involved when you read? - When reading have you laughed out loud or cried tears in public.

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      pieces laid out
      pieces laid out

      What it's Like to Write a Book?

      Chapter after gruelling chapter

      Writing a book is a bit like solving a jig-saw, bit by bit, and frame by frame, you pull the pieces together to make sense of them.

      My experience with writing a book came about when researching the origin of language and religion. As the thoughts and solutions presented themselves they were written down. The pages piled up and file after file are in my study.

      The computer made the job more difficult because there were always mistakes to correct and reediting to do and it gets rather cumbersome. Finally compiling things into chapters they could become several books. But none were concise enough to say OK to them. but they all continue to contribute to my books now.

      The difficulty for me was coming from my research as this particular exploration was like walking over a completely new landscape where no other foot had trodden. It was also like being nine months pregnant and suffering labor pains. The birth was imminent but there was still a long way to go.

      To solve the problem a journalism course offered by correspondence proved a delight to do. It did not cover how to write a book, however, but it is a discipline into what an audience expects to read. It was not until presenting a thesis at university that the correct way to put it together became apparent. It involved taking some main points and treating each as if an essay. In other words focus on one thing at a time and complete the story enough to form a comprehensive chapter. The next chapter is not necessarily a lead on from the last but a different scene, a different place, different characters, if you like, and certainly different action.

      Being an academic work each chapter came together first and then adding and subtracting from the others was relativly easy as the story built up. Once completed the book was compiled. Chapter One, or the Introduction, was done and then the Conclusion as the last chapter. In that order the management of it was easier and provided the key to completing it.

      The analogy with the jig saw puzzle fits the way a story is built up. As you solve each piece of the puzzle, whether by color or pattern, you may leave it and work on another piece. Slowly each section creates a picture that when it all comes together makes sense. As long as you have the boundaries set, that is know how big you are aiming for, and the overall picture is in your head, the rest falls into place.

      Once you start you can always return and fix chapters, insert new paragraphs and remove those no longer required. Leave the introduction and conclusion to last if that helps. The trick is not to start it as such but to finish it. Compile your story in sections, as new ideas come to you. What do you want to include in it? Where do you want the main action to take place? What characters will come into it? That's just the start, you can add on from here. The more you get down, and quickly, the better your story will be. Good writing comes with good flow and it is too big a job to complete in one section.

      With practice writer's block will be a thing of the past. You will know where to start and finish your story and how much is enough and when it is too much. Be disciplined and work to some kind of order. Do courses on writing and get the knowledge behind you to support what you are doing. This will give you the credibility and courage to write boldly and forcefully, and that's what makes a difference.

      Writing your First Book

      Great Writing Tips

      1. Carry a pad and pen at all times

      2. Tak a camera for unusual scenes

      3, Write consistently each day

      4. Be consistent in your story

      5. Have a private space

      6. Avoid distractions

      7. Edit your work repeatedly

      8. Get the information down quickly

      9. Avoid writers block

      10. Set the limit on the size

      11. Keep chapters to that limit

      12. Write chapters as essays

      Have You Tried to Write a Book?

      Do you think you can write a book following the tips given here.

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        • anonymous 4 years ago

          I've written a novel and four business books.

        • DebMartin 5 years ago

          I have one in the process right now. It's a compilation of my writings. Thanks for the support

        • GabrielaFargasch 6 years ago

          I wrote my first children's book when I was 13 years old. It was called "The Crystal Pyramid" and it was about a bunch of kids discovering a magical world inside a crystal pyramid.

        • MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

          A non fiction book.

        • bbudoyono lm 6 years ago

          Definitely yes.

        • David Gardner 6 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

          yup. I'm working on my own and the tips are working.

        • ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

          I have written and published one book, My Mother's Shoes. It's a humorous mystery. I have two more waiting to be published. Writing fiction is a lot different than writing articles.

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              SteveKaye 4 years ago

              You write the most impressive articles. Thank you for this one.

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              casquid 5 years ago

              Great direction - understood!

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              DebMartin 5 years ago

              Thanks for the mention. And thanks for the support.

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              DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

              Excellent advice and suggestions. April Fool's Blessed!

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              sorana lm 6 years ago

              You are so right: it does take a lot of time and a lot of practice to learn how to write well. Great and very informative lens. Thank you.

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              caketech 6 years ago

              This has been inspiring for me because I would love to write better...I also would love to have a children's book published. Your lens has given me the courage to keep trying!

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              GabrielaFargasch 6 years ago

              You write great lenses on great, interesting topics! Thank you!

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              Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

              Keeping the reader in mind as we write is quite important. I make some lenses for kids and try to not overload those with too much text.

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              MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

              You are always so giving.

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              MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

              You are always so giving to people

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              David Gardner 6 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

              Great lens! Too bad too many other writers don't heed the advice. I've liked, favorited, thumbs-upped, and lensrolled your lens to my lens on Writing and Editing. Congrats on a great job!

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              bbudoyono lm 7 years ago

              This is great! Thanks for it.

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              Holley Web 7 years ago

              There is great advice here! Very well written and easy to understand. As a fiction writer, I find that just opening Word and typing nearly anything such as "The day was dreary.." seems to awaken my Muse. Other days, the characters are screaming for attention. Just like with children it's usually at the worst time, so having that pen and pad ready is essential. Faved and Fived! Thank you for a most excellent lens to read!

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              ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

              Great information. I write but I'm always reading to improve my writing. I can't imagine one without the other.

              Thanks for sharing,

              Lizzy

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              anonymous 7 years ago

              Some great information here though take a look at the order maybe :D. I am going to lensroll this. :)