If you’re someone who loves writing stories, whether it’s to print in your own paperback book or as content that you write and post online, basically everyone can find some way that they can improve their writing. So if you want to get more people reading the content that you’re posting online or make a bigger profit from the books that you’re printing and self-publishing, here are three ways that you can improve your ability to write stories and achieve these goals.
Read Your Own Writing Out Loud
Once you’ve written your story, whether it’s a short story or one that’s expanded to be novel length, one of the best things that you can do to spot weak points is to read what you’ve written out loud.
While it might feel weird at first to just be reading out loud to yourself, oftentimes, your mouth and your ears can pick up on things more easily than you can just by reading within your own head. This happens because, since you’re the one who wrote the story, you know exactly what you were thinking and trying to say when you wrote it. But by reading it out loud, especially if you go rather slowly, you may find errors or awkward phrasing that you otherwise would have glossed right over. But when your readers got to this point, the weaknesses would have stuck out like a sore thumb.
Solicit More Readers Before Publishing
In addition to you reading your own story, and putting particular emphasis on an out-loud reading, you should also try to get other people to read your story as well.
When choosing people to read through your stories before you publish them, you’ll be able to get an outsider’s perspective on what’s working and what isn’t. Just make sure that you solicit advice from people that you trust but that you know will also be honest with you. Having someone read your story only to tell you that they liked it without any other feedback won’t prove to be helpful for improving your story writing.
Make A Stance With Your Point Of View
The last thing you want for people to think when reading your stories is that they’re boring, and one way to avoid this outcome is to make sure that you have a strong stance in the point of view that you’re writing from. This stance can come from you as the writer or from the character that you’re writing from. But as long as you’re making a stand about something and being bold, no one will think you’re boring, even if they don’t find themselves agreeing with you.
If you want to get better at writing all kinds of stories, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you find ways of doing this.