#1 – YOUR MESSAGE
The core of every book is the message. The heart of what you are writing about. It is important that you don’t deviate from it. Keep the message in your mind and ensure your writing revolves round it. Make it understandable and effortless for reader to enjoy.
#2 – YOUR PRESENTATION
As you focus on your message and making it effortless for reader to enjoy, you must work on your presentation. Let your presentation in your writing follow these three rules. 1. Frame the problem. 2. Pose a solution. 3. Call to action. When your writing follows this paradigm, readers will easily understand your presentation.
#3 – YOUR HIT TARGET
Remember to stop once you hit the point. That’s just the principle.
#4 – YOUR TONE
There’s appropriate tone for every conversation. The same holds in writing. Somebody said, “What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.” Readers listen to your tone more than what you are saying. They want to know whether you are writing from your head or your heart. And that’s why William Wordsworth said, “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
#5 – YOUR ICING ON THE CAKE
The icing on your writing cake is stories, pictures, examples and quotes. Don’t forget also to use metaphors, images and descriptions. Scott Card says, “They have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.”
When you write with your icing, you stand to reveal the meaning of a message you are trying to pass across without committing the error of defining it. And through examples, whether personal or about other people, you will help your reader to have exciting and free flow reading time.
#6 – YOUR WEEDING PROCESS
Keep weeding your writing. Dig over, tidy, shorten, delete and re-write anything that does not add to the meaning. Dean Rieck suggests that you break your writing into three stapes to make this easier. 1. Write the entire text. 2. Set your text aside for a few hours or days. 3. Return to your text fresh and edit.
#7 – YOUR GRAMMAR
The grammar of English language is the complete system which makes it different from other languages. In other words, languages are governed by rules. We can’t do what we like as we speak or write them. There are vital and basic things to know about grammar. Please note this book is not designed to teach you English.
But without any doubt, correct grammar is the heart of your writing. The clarion call is, learn how to express yourself clearly when writing – that’s the hallmark of the educated. Considering your knowledge of grammar, it will be proper you ensure that Professional proofreaders and editors do justice to your writing by helping you to repackage your writing in order to meet standard of acceptance in publishing.
There are rules to follow like spelling rules – which deals with order of letters in a word. Other rules are rules of syntax – putting words into the right order. Then rule of infection, which shows actual letters in the word may change based on circumstance. Also when we talk about more than one thing, we call that agreement or concord. There are many others that deal with tenses, pronunciation, stress and many more. However, here are other things you must remember as you work on your grammar:
Choose Simple Words
Spare your reader the pain of reading your book along with a dictionary. And whenever it is compulsory to use technical terms, create a footnote to explain the meaning or make provision for it in your appendix.
Write short sentences
Don’t always make your sentences to be long.
Use Action Verbs
Engage strong, active, visual verbs to propel your writing and readers along. Make people to see what is happening. Avoid being passive in the use of action verbs.
Try as much as you can not to have more than three sentences in your paragraph. And those sentences should be short. Remember our 18-words rule. If there’s any need to have long paragraph, break it up.
From Unfamiliar Old to Familiar New
Take your reader from the known to the unknown, not the other way round, by using familiar words before introducing unfamiliar.
Use Similar Characters
Even as you lead from unfamiliar old to familiar new, use similar characters while writing. Lead characters as noun must be familiar to your readers. They should compliments and formed the story of your writing.
Avoid Self Repetition
Don’t keep repeating yourself too often.
Keep these points in your mind, and your writing will retain the expected quality.