Writing Tip & Prompt: Leading the Reader

Writing Tip & PromptOn Fridays, we like to share writing tips and tricks with our readers. We hope this section will encourage and inspire you to continually improve as a writer.

Writing Tip – Leading the Reader

A writer who wants to lead an audience towards a conclusion must refrain from clipping on a leash and pulling too hard. Being human, the audience is likely to resist being told what to think unless they are already perfectly in tune with the writer’s thinking, and how often does that happen? Keep your reader in mind and understand that they are being told a new story, which opens up the possibility for varying interpretations.

Writing Prompt – Borrowing Ideas

Start your next writing session with a jump start. First, head over to your bookshelf or coffee table. Then, pick one of the books or magazines that you haven’t read in awhile. Look at the first sentence of the first article or chapter and start your own story or poem that begins with that sentence. You’ll be surprised how far someone else’s beginning can get you. And if you like what you’ve written down and want to use it in your book, don’t worry: the only thing you need to do is revise the first line!

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