Things That Make Your Readers Bounce Off Your Books

by Lindsay 12/20/2017 9:01:00 PM

Contributed by: Rachel Bartee

It’s every writer’s fear to write a story your readers end up turning down.

How many times have you picked a book at the bookstore, read the synopsis and thought it was worth reading, but end up throwing it away? Perhaps you started off well with an interesting topic, you were inspired by the summary, but having read several pages you understand that the book is not worth your time.

So what is the reason behind that? What did the writer do wrong? There are a few reasons that account for that. When you know what these reasons are, perhaps you can adjust to making your reader involved to the end.

1.     Slow development

This is the number one reason why readers can bounce off your books. If a plot of a story doesn’t move, it dies. If the readers have to read fifty pages before finding the main character of the story, they end up bored and click away without having a second thought.  To avoid this, make your plots alive and dynamic; introduce what’s important without going too far.

2.     Lazy Writing

There’s nothing wrong with using metaphors, clichés, and descriptive phrases. In fact, these descriptions comprise of about 30% of the average book. But make sure that you’re not using too much of lazy writing. Remember that readers get more impressed by a well-written story that contains a clear language. Similarly, they want a story that is appealing to their senses than to their brain.

3.     Shopworn Plots

When we write, it’s tempting to include different scenes to describe characters, moods, or relationships that are familiar to us and which we have unintentionally grasped from other stories that have already been written by somebody else. If a plot of a story is world-old, it’s very likely that the reader will easily predict the scenario of the next chapter. To avoid this from happening, play with your scenes in your mind, imagine different twists and turns and follow those, which make you want to know what’s next.   

4.     Tiresome Wordiness

Excessive wordiness is the source of complexity in reading. Some readers believe that using long description scenes will hook the attention of the readers, but it does the opposite. Your giant paragraphs are the main reason why readers click away. Avoid using monotonous sentences. Once you find them, chop them off.

5.     Poor Editing

Although most authors understand how important good and professional editing is, they still often try to minimize their time and effort input at this stage. They are eager to see their manuscripts go to print and get their first loyal readers.

Amy Cohen, a professional writer with Essayontime shared her opinion, “Good editorial improvements can increase the chances of getting more readers, improve their experience with your book, and make your writing more coherent and easy to read. Don’t stop on self-editing and allow for an expert analysis or several peer reviews to spot the issues you may lose sight of.”

6.     Lack of Clear Structure

A good story needs a good structure. A well thought-out and nicely organized development of events makes the reader flow along with your storytelling. A good way is to have a clear outline divided into several chapters. When you jump from one episode to another and back makes the readers confused.

7.     Passive Characters

Imagine a story that features a character who does a lot of things to display his nervousness including spilling his coffee, puffing away on cigarettes, twitching, and much more. All of a sudden, the characters changes into caricature and not a real person. This overuse of detail can annoy the reader and even pull them out of the scene. Also, uninterested and distasteful individual characters quickly bore the readers and they become disengaged. Take time to create your compelling characters.

8.     Too Unrealistic

An unrealistic story is filled with vague ideas, exaggerations, and hesitations. No one wants to feel that. Instead, every reader wants an authentic story that matches your plot. An authentic story matches the time and place. This important trick draws your reader into your story. Remember, if your book turns out to be something that is absurd, readers will avoid it.

9.     Too Easy or Too Difficult

The nature of the language you use matters a lot when writing a book. It should not be too easy such that it appears plain and not too difficult to a point where the reader cannot understand. Don’t use hard words or simple vocabularies to an extent of confusing the reader. Make it appropriate for your targeted readership.

Conclusion

Every scene your write should be designed to move your story forward and capture the reader’s interest. What doesn’t fit in your writing is considered boring and readers will not hesitate to close the book and look for another.

 

Surely, there are many more reasons that can make you stop reading a book. Feel free to share your experiences.

 

Rachel Bartee is a freelance writer and editor dreaming of a tour round the world to write a story of her greatest life adventure. For the time being, she feels inspired by her daily yoga sessions and Interpersonal Relationships course. Talk to her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Few of the Best Book Review Sites and Blogs

by Lindsay 8/3/2017 12:25:00 AM

Contributed by Jennifer Scott

 

Books are easily considered to be one of the most popular and sought-after pastimes in all of the human civilisation. Granted, paper and hardback books will, in future, be transformed into digital format and will simply be words on a screen; I still believe there’s nothing better than picking up a book in your book shop and getting lost in it. The feel of the pages on your fingers, the touch of the cover in your hands, even the smell is to die for! But, as an avid book reader, it’s easy to run out of ideas on what to read next.


Fortunately, there is a wide variety of book review websites available that can help you to discover your new favourite novel or story. If you’re wondering where to turn to next and nothing is jumping out at you from the shelves, here is a list of some of the best book reviews sites on the Internet, giving you a taste of what the world of literature has to offer.


 

BookBrowse

 

Labelled itself as the ‘one-stop resource for books…’, BookBrowse is an extremely popular book review site where can search for new books till your heart’s content. There’s a dedicated section for finding new books that you haven’t read, and there’s even online book clubs so you can discuss your current favourites with other like-minded fans.


 

BookReporter

 

If you’re looking for quick reviews so you can get a rough opinion on a book that you’re interested in, Book Reporter is the website for you. The reviews average out around 500 words long, meaning you get everything you need on the book, without giving too much away, in a matter of minutes. There’s also a tonne of built-in forums and discussion groups for getting some great new reader inspirations.


 

AllReaders.com

 

The website itself may look dated and old-fashioned, but All Readers is easily one of the most comprehensive book databases available on the Internet. There’s a heavily customizable search engine bar so you can find exactly what kind of books you are after and the reviews are short and easy to read, giving you all the information you need before picking up a new classic.


 

The New York Times

 

One of America’s leading media publications, the New York Times book review section is as comprehensive as it gets. The reviews on books can easily reach 1,000 words long, but the reviewers, opinions and concepts the writers introduce are unlike anything you’d find elsewhere. If you’re after some seriously thought-provoking literature content, The New York Times is the place for you.


 

Best Australian Writers

 

Sometimes, it’s you that wants to inspire others about how amazing a certain book is. However, if you’re a reader, not a writer, it can be hard to put how you feel into words. Best Australian Writers is a complete database of custom writing services that will link you to a professional writer who can turn your ideas into a comprehensive book review.


 

Library Thing

 

With over 2,100,000 active users, it’s safe to say that Library Thing is one of the most popular book review sites on the Internet. The soul of this website comes from its user interaction. There are dedicated chat rooms, forums and discussion rooms to talk with other like-minded readers, enabling you to discuss concepts and ideas as well as exploring new ideas on what you could read next.


 

BookPage

 

If you’re in need of a book review site that’s modern, up-to-date and easy to navigate, Book Page has got you covered. With an extensive range of reviews, trending lists, author interviews and opinion columns, Book Page, at its core, is an online newspaper publication specifically made with books and readers in mind.

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