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Even in fact-focused blog posts, a good story can engage and inspire readers. As all storytellers know, a good story conveys mood, touches emotions, and holds the reader captive.
As a writer, you need to reach for one of your most important writing tools: Show, not tell — how to do it? But how do you do it?
How to make a story come to life? It was a mistake. Just as the story slid from harmless to menacing in the space of a couple of pages, the lights went out.
The growling wind, the sheets of lightning — everything seemed to spell danger. How did he weave his story so well that its mood colored my experience? So often we read stuff like this: Barley looked at Clive, who had one of those English faces that seemed to have been embalmed while he was still a boy king, at his hard clever eyes with nothing behind them, at the ash beneath his skin.
There was a knock at the door and Wintle came in, an eternal student of fifty-seven. But what about mood? Here is how he describes the landscape of an interrogation facility: The gates opened electronically and beyond them lay mounds of clipped grass like mass graves grown over.
Olive downs stretched towards the sunset. A mushroom-shaped cloud would have looked entirely natural. As a reader you know right away that there are no happy voices here.
A description gives the reader a moment to reflect, to feel, to intuit. What you need to know about pace A description slows down the pace. As the great Sol Stein says in Stein on Writing: The best of good books have purposeful slowdowns in pace from time to time because the author knows that readers, like athletes, must catch their breath.
But you need to crank the pace up again. In the story, Barley has just heard a strange message on the phone. Notice how the long sentence with its hypnotic repetitions slows the pace, and the crisp remark that follows picks it up again. This means that the reader only gets a floating interchange of ideas — without the grounded context of flesh, bones, feelings, and ambience.
This is where a good description can save the day.As all storytellers know, a good story conveys mood, touches emotions, and holds the reader captive. A skillful storyteller knows how to show not tell.
As a writer, you need to reach for one of your most important writing tools: description. Show, not tell – how to do it? You can find the slogan ‘show, not tell’ in every writing book. Recently, my wife posted The Husband List: 12 Non-Negotiables, which has received many comments from readers wondering what the wife list looks like..
I can sum up most of my friends’ wife lists: 1. Blonde, 2. Skinny, 3. Hot. A few others might include: she likes football, she drinks beer with my buds, and she’s at least a full C. My intent is to help writers understand that content marketing has changed. With the change comes a fresh set of understanding and skills that will help them to improve.
For as long as it lasts, and I expect it to be a long time, content marketing will need copywriters. The three other writers on this list are all great writers in my opinion, or at least very good. Notice that Brian and Ramit both write at about 4th grade level, as do I.
That means the average year-old could read most of our content because it’s not very complex. And practice your new writing voice until you’re consistent and confident. Using your natural speaking voice in a blurb on a poster is easy. So are emails or social media updates and other casual writing situations.
I need to improve my voice a little more and I’ll follow the tips.
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