How to leave an impression on readers

And write like the invisible man. 

You read me right. 

Reading an article by August Birch on Medium.com got me to thinking about all the books and stories I truly enjoy. Want to know what I discovered?

If I want to write a review, I must do it immediately after finishing the book. Because the mechanics of the book fade quickly, but the impression lasts much longer. I remember what books I loved and the ones I hated, but my reactions are personal and vague.

As August points out…

“When we do our best work as writers, the writing disappears in the background.”

To me, that means the mechanics and style of writing fades in the background. August suggest writers should strive for “Invisible Writing.”

Have you ever become so absorbed in a movie, you couldn’t remember the color of the actors dress? Why? Because it was a great movie! Same goes for writing a great story. As the reader sees the story in their brain, it’s as if they are experiencing the story. Explaining too much makes the mental story shut down and off.

To become an invisible writer…

  • Avoid selecting words to sound sophisticated.
  • Don’t over explain or over describe the scene.
  • Too much description reveals a lazy writer.
  • If the words don’t move the story forward, cut them.
  • Don’t make reading your story a chore, don’t make the reader think too hard.
  • Reflect rather than over think as you write.

“When the reader focuses on the writing, she’s not using her subconscious to help engage with the story — you’ve lost her.” August Birch

You really should click on the link and read the article by August Birch in its entirety. He explains in greater detail what it means to be an invisible writer.

Why We Never Want Our Readers to Remember Our Writing by August Birch

PS:

I want to wish everyone a safe and happy Easter holiday. Don’t forget to add a book to that little one’s basket.

Easter basket with books

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How to strengthen your writing

By removing and replacing “distance verbs.”

We’ve all heard about too many adverbs, but another thing we need to watch for are verbs that put distance between the story and the reader.

Getting the reader to feel your character’s pain or joy is hard if you’ve used words that act as roadblocks.Words that block us

Want to know which words put distance between character and reader?

Click and read the article below by Amy Rose Davis. She gives us a word list and a fix to pull the reader closer.

STRENGTHEN YOUR PROSE: DISTANCING VERBS by Amy Rose Davis

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Who knew there were so many ways to describe eyebrows?

Writers, that’s who.Bitmoji LOLIn case you missed the post about 700 eyebrows…

700+ Ways to Describe Eyebrows: A Word List for Writers  

Get any tips for describing this?

pierced eyebrow

What did you come up with?

How would you describe this guy’s eyes?

Here is my try…

His overgrown eyebrows diminished his dark eyes. He would’ve benefited more from a bit of tweezing than the silver piercing lodged amid his bushy brow.

Now your turn. Leave your description in the comments section. Have fun.

To check out Kathy Steinemann’s Writer’s Lexicon, on her author page at Amazon.com 

 

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Do you want to write dialog like a pro?

Of course, we all do.

Quote on editing by Don Roff

I’ve been a big fan of and save many of her articles. Here is one of my favorites.

Perspective: Self-Editing Your Dialogue and Characters

She explains how to avoid stilted dialog and shows us how to add dimension to enable the reader to relate to your characters.

Do you need to tweak character dialog?

If so, read Kristen tips to make your character come alive.

Read her article, then go back and read some of your WIP.

Do you see any stilted conversations? 

Do you have a tip for adding life to characters?

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