Tips on How to Grab Your Audience's Attention
Tips and tricks I have learned during my experience with writing.
- 1. Be Yourself
- 2. Be a Trendsetter, Not a Follower
- 3. Write About What You Know
- 4. Show Don't Tell
- 5. Connect Connect Connect
1. Be Yourself
While you may think you are the most boring person on the planet, if you pretend to be something you're not, then your readers will immediately pick up on this. They will see you as fake, and it won't matter how great of a writer you might be, no one wants to be freinds with someone who is fake. Be true to yourself. Instead of running from your quirks, embrace them. Use them to enhance your writing.
You have to stand out of the crowd and by using those things which are unique to you will help you to do this. People will be able to connect with you. They will see you as approachable, as someone they would want to be friends with. Then they will read whatever you write even if it is something they aren't really that interested in. They will read it because they have a connection to you, the author.
2. Be a Trendsetter, Not a Follower
While as humans, we want to fit in. To be a part of the crowd. It's important to remember that it is the Bill Gates of the world who are the ones making the money. It is not the ones who are buying his products. While it's great to be a part of something, if you just follow the crowd to wherever it takes you, then you will never truly gain greatness.
You never know you could be the next Monet, Picasso, Mozart, but if you never write your own unique style, then you will be just another face in the crowd. Set your own trend and then make the world follow you. Just because every other writer uses a particular style does not mean that you must. While you can use it as a guide, it is important that you create your own style.
3. Write About What You Know
If you write about the flavor of mangoes without ever having eaten one or without talking to someone who has, then I can guarantee you that your writing will be flat and bland. Write about what you know. It doesn't mean that you have to write about your boring job at the pizza place, but use that as a building block. While you may never have eaten a mango, maybe your coworker has. Ask them to explain it to you. Then think of something that you have eaten that made you feel the way they just described. Then incorporate the two. Draw from what you felt during your own experiences as well as what you found out during your research.
If you can't connect to your work, then how do you expect your readers to?
4. Show Don't Tell
This is probably one of the best pieces of writing advice I was ever given. Show your audience. Don't tell them.
Everyone has sat in a history class with that professor who just went on and on. It didn't matter what great event he was going on about, the majority of the class were probably asleep. Why? Because he was telling them about it, not showing them.
Use picture words. Make your audience feel what you're feeling. Make them see what you see. Make them able to smell the fragrances in the air. The bread being baked in the oven. If you can make your audience see, taste, feel, and smell your story, then you will easily pull them in. Again connection.
5. Connect Connect Connect
Without a connection, your audience will walk away. Either they must connect with you the author or with the characters in the book, but somewhere there must be a connection. Otherwise they will read a few pages and never come back. You have to make them want to come back. If you can't make yourself and your characters connectable, then you will never grab an audience. Without an audience, your words will never reach their full potential.
These are the most important things I have learned so far in my journey as a writer. While I am the beginning of my journey, I know that these tips will stay with me until I reach the end.