Guest Post: Common Mistakes Writers Make that Prevent Readers from Getting to the End

I would like to thank Sophia Anderson for writing the below post for my blog. It’s an interesting, thought-provoking piece, and I highly recommend all authors read it. I’ll leave the floor to Sophia now.

Common Mistakes Writers Make that Prevent Readers from Getting to the End

It’s no doubt that writers are afraid of writing a story that won’t be read by anyone. Have you ever bought a book from a bookshop that you thought it would be interesting to read but you ended up throwing it away? Maybe once, twice or severally; perhaps you were attracted by the headline and you got inspired by the introduction, but while you perused a number of pages, you came to realize the book was not that interesting as you thought.

Now, what could have caused you to drop the book? What mistakes did you come across in the book that made withdraw?

As an author, you need to make readers get interested to read every sentence, topic, chapter and page of your book. There are common reasons that can prevent your readers from getting to the end. Let’s make it clear. Continue reading!

  • Complex or informal language

The language you use when writing a book is of great importance. Neither should it be too easy to appear informal, nor should it be too difficult to the extent of making readers fail to apprehend. You want the reader to understand what the book is all about and so, you need to avoid taking the reader back to the dictionary every now and then to search for a word you used in every sentence. This can sometimes piss off readers. So, understand your readers and tailor your language to them.

  • Poor development

The second reason why readers are not making it to the end is the fact that your plot of a story isn’t dynamic. Do your readers have to peruse twenty pages before they can find the main character of the story? Or do you fancy describing landscapes and scenes specifying every little detail because you think it reproduces the broad picture and thus making your readers go through several pages which could have been much shorter? To avoid this mistake, you need to make what is important known by a reader before they can go too deep into your book and do not go to extremes with what’s not that much essential.

  • Unprofessional editing

Yes! It is true authors are aware that good and professional editing is crucial when it comes to writing a story but do you give this stage the ample time and effort it deserves? Of course, no! In fact, many authors are rushing to have their book printed so that they can get their first loyal readers.

Stanley Spike, the founder, and owner of Best Essays states that “Good and professional editing can get your book more readership, inspire your readers, and make it more easy to understand and interesting to read. Once you are done with writing it, edit it and get a second or a third eye to go through it since they can spot an error you may have skipped during your first reading.”

  • Lazy authoring

You can use clichés, metaphors, and descriptive phrases as much as they add value to your story. All these three make like 30 percent of the whole book. But you must avoid being too lazy in your writing. Note that a well-written story will attract a huge readership, especially when you use clear and easy to understand language. Additionally, readers want to read a story that will stimulate their senses and don’t overload their brain.

  • Shopworn plots

Sometimes as an author, you may use distinct scenes to define moods, characters and if possible, relationships that you already know and which you have picked from other books written by other authors. If the plot of your story has been used repeatedly by other authors, chances are that readers already know what to expect in every chapter of yours. To prevent yourself from doing this, play with your scenes in your mind; keep the readers wanting to know what will follow next.

  • Lengthy paragraphs

A book with lengthy paragraphs can be tiresome to read. Most often authors think that including long description scenes will keep the reader glued to their story, but this is not the case. Your 10-sentence paragraph is the reason why readers get tired when reading your book and click away. Keep off from monotonous sentences. Ensure to use short sentences and short paragraphs for the sake of good comprehension.

  • Dubious structure

A good structure rocks when it comes to writing a story. To make the reader flow along with your story, you need to make all events follow an organized flow. In fact, the best way to achieve this is to make an outline of all the chapters of your story. Avoid going forth and back when mentioning different episodes in order not to puzzle your reader.

  • Unrealistic story

When you put too many exaggerations, unclear ideas, and uncertainties, you kill the reader’s morale in reading your story. No reader would want to read a story that is too unrealistic. A realistic story that suits your plot is more appealing and more interesting to the reader. Ensure your story suits the time and place.

Final thoughts

Every scene in your story should aim at making it flow forward and arouse the reader’s interest. Once you include something that does not suit in your story, the readers will be off-put and will definitely take a chance with another book.

Back to you; what are the reasons that make you close a book and look for a better one? Could you share them right below here?

About the Author

Sophia Anderson is a blogger and a freelance writer. She is passionate about covering topics on learning, writing, business, careers, self-improvement, motivation and others. She believes in the driving force of positive attitude and constant development. Meet Sophia at @Sophia7Anderson.

Great Tips and Tricks for Every Writer by Jennifer Scott

Great Tips & Tricks for Every Writer to Remember

The art of writing is full of ups and downs. Sometimes you can be in full flow where the words simply roll of the tongue onto the paper, and you feel more inspired than you’ve ever done before. Other times, it’s difficult to even find the simplest ways to start a sentence.

Today, we’ll explore some of the best tips and tricks that cover all aspects of writing, helping you to be the best you can be!

Know Your Reader

Whether you’re writing the next Harry Potter series, a fitness-related recipe book or a blog, it’s important for you to define who your reader is going to be.

As soon as you know who your readers will be, whether it’s teenagers, millennials, over 50’s, backpackers, or whoever, many aspects of writing become easy.

This includes things like style, the language you’re going to use, the format of your writing. With this aspect of writing in your mind, it will be so much easier to direct your writing in the direction you want it to go.

Practice Your Craft

If you were planning on running a marathon, the best way to prepare for it is by exercising and practising the run many times before. The same goes for writing. If you don’t practice writing, your skills won’t improve.

Let’s imagine you’re a columnist in a newspaper that doesn’t mean that you’re restricted to just writing columns. Instead, practice story writing or poetry. You’ll be able to expand your knowledge of writing, and you may even be able to pick up new styles.

Proofreading & Perfecting Your Work

Perfecting your work is such an important part of writing. Even if you have finished your piece, by taking the time to go through your work while paying attention to the details, you’re not just getting your work ready for publishing.

You’ll also be able to pick up on things like grammar, punctuation and sentence structure, all of which will help to improve the readability of your writing. Every writer understands that this is not the easiest or the most enjoyable part of writing. Instead, you can make this process easier by using online tools and resources, such as Best Australian Writers.

Create a Writing Environment

You may try and write in a coffee shop, a café, a restaurant, at home in your kitchen, your bedroom or in your garden. Wherever you plan to write, set up a dedicated space for writing to take place.

This will help you to create a writer’s mindset whenever you enter that zone. Try to make it free from distractions and attention-grabbing devices, such as televisions or large public crowds.

Sally W. Ho, a content manager for Top Canadian Writers, shares her experience;

“Whether you’re sat at a desk or in your comfort zone, having a writing space is the best way to enhance your skills. I, personally, love to sit on my balcony with a cup of tea. This way, my city blurs in background noise which I find ideal for writing.”

Use Academic Writing Services

Despite writing being a very lonesome task most of the time, that doesn’t mean that you’re online. There is a tonne of online writing communities and websites that are there to help you, such as academic writing services.

These websites are perfect for connecting with other like-minded writers as well as giving you the option to use content writing services. For example, if you’re not sure how to write your blurb, upload your book and have it written by a professional writer or your behalf.

Be Free from Judgements

Just because you wanted to churn out your novel in a month, it doesn’t mean that you will. It’s good to have a plan, but this plan needs to flexible. If the next bestseller is in your head and it takes three years to produce, that doesn’t matter, just as long as you’re happy with the final product.

Always remain positive and free from judgements about yourself and your talents. Every writer comes across blocks every now and then. Writing will very quickly become a negative experience if you handle these blocks in the wrong way.

Mini-Review: Moonless, Courtney Crumrin, The Book Publisher’s Toolkit


Time for some mini-reviews! What are mini-reviews, you ask? As the title suggests, these are short reviews, consisting of one paragraph tops, about a book. It’s a way to catch up on the books I’ve read a while ago, but never got around to reviewing.


Title: Moonless

Author: Crystal Collier

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy

Rating: 3,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

MOONLESS is Jane Eyre meets Supernatural.

In the English society of 1768 where women are bred to marry, unattractive Alexia, just sixteen, believes she will end up alone. But on the county doorstep of a neighbor’s estate, she meets a man straight out of her nightmares, one whose blue eyes threaten to consume her whole world—especially later when she discovers him standing over her murdered host in the middle of the night.

Among the many things to change for her that evening are: her physical appearance—from ghastly to breathtaking, an epidemic of night terrors predicting the future, and the blue-eyed man’s unexpected infusion into her life. Not only do his appearances precede tragedies, but they are echoed by the arrival of ravenous, black-robed wraiths on moonless nights.

Unable to decide whether he is one of these monsters or protecting her from them, she uncovers what her father has been concealing: truths about her own identity, about the blue-eyed man, and about love. After an attack close to home, Alexia realizes she cannot keep one foot in her old life and one in this new world. To protect her family she must either be sold into a loveless marriage, or escape with the man of her dreams and risk becoming one of the Soulless.

Review: Jane Eyre meets Supernatural sounds awesome, but unfortunately the plot isn’t that strong, and the pacing is too slow. The strong point of the book would be the characters. Alexia and Kiren are amazing, and their romance is one of the best relationships I’ve read about before.

Courtney Crumrin, Volume 2: The Coven of Mystics

Title: Courtney Crumrin, Volume 2: The Coven of Mystics

Author: Ted Naifeh

Genre: Graphic Novels, Comics, Fantasy

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Courtney Crumrin is back in a new adventure that pits her against the town’s most powerful warlocks and witches, the Coven of Mystics! When the night things of Courtney’s community start causing trouble, it’s up to the girl to find out why. The coven blames the hobgoblin initially but quickly turns its ire to Skarrow, a night thing in service to the town’s most reclusive witch. Uncle Aloysius doesn’t believe the disturbances are that easy to explain. His dismissal of the Coven’s alleged culprit starts Courtney down a twisted path that leads to the true mastermind behind all the horror! But does Courtney stand a chance against a being that powerful and manipulative?

Review: What a joy to read. The illustrations are great, and Courtney has a sparkling, interesting personality. This book is adorable yet creepy at the same time. I love this series!

The Book Publisher’s Toolkit

Title: The Book Publisher’s Toolkit

Author: Independent Book Publishers Association

Genre: Non-Fiction, Writing

Rating: 1 star

If you are a self-published author who wants to sell more books, a new publisher looking for ways to market your content without breaking the bank, or a growing publisher searching for the latest tools to take your business to the next level, then “The Book Publishers Toolkit: 10 Practical Pointers for Independent and Self Publishers Volume 1,” will bring you the hands-on tools and techniques needed to navigate an industry where the only constant is perpetual change.

Whether you want to jump-start your marketing efforts, expand your social media outreach, get how-to ebook tips and much more, you’ll find hands-on tools in these pages. Written by a wide variety of talented professionals who generously donate their time, energy and expertise to IBPA, the not-for-profit Independent Book Publishers Association, each piece originally appeared in the “Independent,” IBPA’s monthly member magazine.

Publishing industry experts who contributed to this work are Kate Bandos, Kimberley Edwards, Joel Friedlander, Steve Gillen, Abigail Goben, Tanya Hall, Brian Jud, Stacey Miller, Kathleen Welton, and David Wogahn.

Review: The Book Publisher’s Toolkit was an okay read, but it didn’t teach me anything I didn’t know yet. Some tips were interesting, but it didn’t offer anything new, but it lacked a comprehensive outline, and a lot of info feels like filler. It’s a short read as well, and not really worth buying.

Book Review: You Can Love Writing by Connie B. Dowell

coverTitle: You Can Love Writing: A Guide to get through your College Papers and Like it
Author: Connie B. Dowell
Genre: Non-Fiction, Educational
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

How would you like to

  • perform with the passion of an Oscar winning actor,
  • compete with the drive and fervor of an Olympic athlete, or
  • teach like you’ve got a Nobel Prize slung around your neck

all while doing your homework?

Believe it or not, you can do all of this and much more in the course of writing your college papers. This book takes you through the overlapping stages of the writing process, using game mechanics, cooperation, and learning styles to help you have as much fun as possible and take charge of your own education. With exercises and activities for groups and individuals, this text focuses on the meat of writing, the big picture elements that matter most in both college papers and real world writing situations, all with an eye toward enjoyment.

Sit down, crack open this guide, and give your favorite notebook a big hug. You may not have a choice about writing your papers, but who says you can’t love them?

After spending five years at law school, I thought I knew how to write papers. I mean, they were always a chore, never really pleasant, and I hated even getting started on them. I usually started way too late (say, a day or two beforehand, a week at most), struggled to finish in time, and then, toward the end, had to work eight hours straight on the paper just to finish in time. Afterward, I would be exhausted and mentally drained. I always told myself I needed to get started sooner, not procastinate as much, but I never really changed my habits.

Maybe if I’d come across You Can Love Writing sooner, I would have. The book tells you how to get started on writing a paper, covering everything from time management (my largest stumbling block), to how to come up with ideas, plan research, revisions, edits, etcetera. The book can be used for any course requiring students to write papers, and the tips are quite useful. I never thought about just writing for half an hour a day (which, admittingly, isn’t that long), instead of going full out and writing for hours on end just to finish on time.

The time management chapter was the most useful chapters for me, but no doubt others will find other chapters more useful. Everyone has their own issues with writing, and the book is multifunctional enough to cover several different issues. A must for people starting college, or any job that requires them to write papers or other academic work. Fiction writers may not benefit that much, but some of the principles (like the word sprints, writing as much as possible in thirty minutes) can be applied to fiction writing as well.