Are you making writing mistakes that stamp S.T.U.P.I.D. on your book? If you’re anything like the author, you could be making some simple mistakes that may block your brilliance. No worries; now you can put a stop to any S.T.U.P.I.D. book writing mistakes and move on to the success your book deserves.
Here are six book writing mistakes and how to avoid them written into a S.T.U.P.I.D. acronym. Put them into action and receive boat loads more book sales and double to triple times the success you were expecting.
1. Selfish Mistake. Emerging and experienced authors alike make this mistake over and over again. They focus too much on what they want to write instead of taking the time to find out what their audience wants. Remember, American Idol’s producer Simon Cowell and his criticism to some of the hopeful contestants, “You came across as self absorbed and self-serving in that song.”
Solution: Don’t be self absorbed. Discover what your targeted reader wants or needs help with. Then write a book they read from front to back and tell all their friends about. They will love you for it and read everything you write. To top it off, your book will make you famous and sell beyond your wildest dreams. All because you put aside what you wanted to write and gave your audience what they wanted to read.
2. Too Long Mistake. In the Digital Age, fast paced technology competes for your book readers’ attention. According to the National Endowment for the Arts reading has been in decline over the last decade. The overall findings say Americans and even people worldwide are reading less than ever. Millennium readers want information in a quick and easy to read format. If you are long winded, you may be boring as well. You might not get another opportunity to capture the attention of your readers. So write a short book and make it count.
Solution: Shorten your sentences and paragraphs to get started writing a compelling book. I shudder to think about all the long boring books on the market these days. A couple of them, I wrote. (smile) So, slash your big book into two smaller books and began to pull your readers in like a magnet to read your work.
3. Unprofessional Mistake. Professionalism inspires your readers to trust you. In a like manner, un-professionalism damages your credibility as an author. When your readers can expect a quality well written book to educate or entertain them they will look forward to reading everything you write.
Solution: Stick to your good writing habits. Stay professional. Create a professional looking blog or website to sell your book. Do your best with your sales copy or simply hire a copywriter to put your best foot forward. Avoid careless errors. Use simple self-editing techniques to write copy with fewer errors. Then get feedback from your peers or a professional. Don’t relax until your well written book is well-edited.
4. Pompous Mistake. Use simple language. Avoid technical jargon that may confuse your readers. Aim for seventh and eighth grade level communication. Write your book in an active voice. Cut the passive voice as much as you can.
Solution: Don’t bog your readers down with schoolbook terms and stuffy language. Choose words like caution instead of admonish or get instead of garner. Become a friendly mentor offering advice and results oriented tips inside your book and more people will be drawn to you and your writing.
5. Ignorant Mistake. Continue educating yourself in your field. Read for pleasure and read to stay informed in your industry. I believe all reading is good; it keeps your mind alert and aware to new ideas.
Solution: With any book you’re working on check your facts for accuracy. Don’t just take someone else’s word for it. Live your life to the fullest; learn from your successes and failures. Then share your experiences with your readers in your book. Write from the overflow of your life and you will make a stronger connection with your readers.
6. Dud Mistake. Get rid of dud (failure, flop) writing. Dud writing will show up in your book title, chapter titles, headings, bullet points and even your lists. It will make your writing dull, flat and boring. If you’re guilty of dud writing, your reader may fall asleep, wake up and never come back to finish reading your boring book.
Solution: Fire your dud titles and hire sizzlers that bring attention to your book’s content. Sizzler titles and headings will reach out; grab your audience by the eyeballs and compel them to read. They will pull your reader in for the read with curiosity, shock, humor, perplexity or a big claim that delivers inside your book.
Without smart book writing that gives your audience what they want: short and compelling, professional, simple, educate or entertain them, your message may never reach the audience it’s destined to reach. Avoid the S.T.U.P.I.D. mistakes above; capture the interest of your audience and get your book read. Best wishes for your success as an author!
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