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How to Capture the Mind of Your Readers

February 10, 2021

The most important words in your writing are the first one your readers see. It will either pull them in, or push them out. Knowing how to grab your reader’s attention might be tricky, but it is doable

Not only that, but it helps ma sure the reader goes beyond the first lines to buying, reading, and anticipating the next volume of your writing.

You don’t want your reader moving away from your book on the online store, or putting it back on the bookshelves of the bookstore so do your best to capturing your readers mind.  Its difficult sometimes when someone rejects your writing but try not to take it personally.

The tips below will show you how to capture the mind of your readers:

One: Have an iintriguing title.

A catchy title will make a reader curious and a curious reader will purchase your book and expect more. Examples of such titles include.

‘How to hold your customers by the throat, and make them pay their last card’.

Two:  Use the right hooks:

Make an outrageous but true claim (you don’t want to be called out for fraud), paint an unbelievable picture, surprise your readers with an enticing piece of information, all related to your writing.

That is something every reader would be interested in.

Three: Let your information be worth the wait:

After your readers have peeled off the gift wrap of an intriguing title, and the preliminary cover of your hooks, the main dish must be a tasty as was advertised.

The information is the main thing your readers waited for while being attended to by your hooks. Do not disappoint them after the time spent waiting.

Four: Use style they can respond to:

Use short sentences. Simple but appropriate vocabulary, the right jargons, and speak directly to them in the first or second person present tense. This is the language they understand and if you write in a way that draws them in your on your way to becoming an accomplished

Five:  Use the appropriate images:

Most of your readers may be visually-oriented and that’s why you must accompany your words with  pictures. Not only does it make it more appealing, it also holds their interest.

Whether you’re an image person or not, take your time to choose the images that would go with your writings to make sure that it is in line with your words. You don’t want to be using a murder image for a romance story.

Six: Be human:

Let your humanity and vulnerability show through your words. Your readers want to know that you care about them and the things they go through so, write something specifically for their needs.

Connect with them, and let them connect with you. You can do this by eavesdropping on their conversation. Listen when they talk (on social media, at the market, hang out places), take note of the words they use, understand the unsaid words. Do yours best to put yourself in their shoes and try to understand their thought process.

Seven: Grab their emotions.

Like sex, emotional writing sells very single time.

Eight: Keep it simple:

Simple words, simple vocabulary, short sentences. That’s the trick to drawing in your readers from your first sentence until your last.

Posted in Creative Writing, Writing Theory, Writing Tips

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