What Sort of Writing Is Good?

JohnH By JohnH, 16th May 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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It's all in the eye of your reader, and that is the important thing to know.

Readers Matter

If I write about a subject that I think is interesting I have better know what I am talking about. I had the pleasure of reading a recently published book... and I hated it.

Got you didn't I?

Of course I am a nice guy and really didn't want to tell the author, who is a first time published author that there were a lot of problems with the work that they did. I sort of told them that it was good, but I'd love to see better from them. I found out later that they had been working on this novel for about 4 years, and that they had self-published.

I hope I didn't insult them.

So what went wrong? I matter don't I?

My Two Cents

I'll let you know what I didn't like about this book in hopes that it will improve your own writing.

1) They didn't edit the work. Read it again, they DIDN'T edit the work that they did. In fact they were proud to tell me that they self-edited. To save money... ha ha, note to all writers, do not ever self-edit. Bad idea.

2) They are marketing a book that they spent zero dollars editing. What a waste of money, and they are complaining that they are getting bad reviews. it's not as if they couldn't have done better, I know that they could, it is the fact that they don't understand why this is.

3) Formatting: They USED ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. I understand that they had something to say, but they didn't need to write it like that. Bold, italics and other methods works wonders on eyes and minds of readers.

In other words I could go on, and on about what can be improved, but the point is that if your reader doesn't think your writing is good... isn't it time to figure out what you need to do to make it better?


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author avatar Songbird B
16th May 2011 (#)

Good article, John, and some really valid pointers too...Thank you for a note worthy read...

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author avatar vpaulose
16th May 2011 (#)

Good John. Can you suggest some sites that can publish a book if I send some of my articles

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author avatar Delicia Powers
16th May 2011 (#)

Sound advice John...well done!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
17th May 2011 (#)

Very good points, John. Nice share.

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author avatar Denise O
18th May 2011 (#)

John, I like your straight forward approach. I am the type of person that wants people to tell me how they feel and not what I want to hear. You are also so right when you state that, we should keep in mind of our readers and what they expect. I leave other subjects alone, as I know they are just not in my genre. My readers would be offended if I was not who I am. Also heck, why would you not pay for editing or better yet, at least have a friend or a family member go over it all. Editing is the worst part for me, I don't mind it to a point but, I also would like to be more relaxed if I put all that work into a book and leave it to another. Okay, I taken up too much of your space, sorry. Great read and I agree with you 100%. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Maria Malone
22nd May 2011 (#)

Good tips, thanks!

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author avatar JohnH
25th May 2011 (#)

thanks all

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
20th Jan 2012 (#)

Writing without regard to readers is a kind of masturbation, no?

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