How to write an engaging book?
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As a writer, all of us dream to write a book that can engage more readers. A book that can become an overnight sensation. Well, the results of our efforts are not in our hands, but we can try to improve and adopt some best writing practices that can reach us to more number of readers.
Although the techniques for writing an engaging book differ from genre to genre, certain points can be useful to write a compelling and engaging book in any kind of genre.
Motivate, inspire, and, connect
An author can connect with a wider audience if he can motivate and inspire them. Books like You Can Win by Shiv Khera, How to Win Friends and Influence People By Dale Carnegie, and Chicken Soup for the Soul are self-help books on simple topics and ordinary lives. The only reason these books have become some of the best sellers is because of their positive and personal appeal. They motivate and inspire and instil a sense of hope and optimism in them.
Create powerful and distinguished characters
We all love to put ourselves into the shoes of a book’s characters and try to connect with them. People love those characters who are well-defined and have distinguished strong personalities. The author can enliven a character with his craft of characterization and make them immortal. The independent Jane Eyre, the intelligent Elizabeth Bennet of Pride and Prejudice, or Sherlock Homes have become immortal and were adapted for the screen many times due to their distinguished and interesting personalities.
Write as if you are talking
If you want to communicate well, then you should talk to your readers rather than writing to them. Your writing should look more like a conversation rather than a read. The best way to do this is to adopt a conversational style of writing. But, try to refrain from being didactic and giving sermons. Nobody likes a lecture.
Use the art of story-telling
Story-telling has been favorite with most of the readers. Whether you are writing fiction, non-fiction, biography, or a self-help book, story-telling can be the technique that can be used in all books irrespective of their genre. Incorporating this technique can be a useful way to hold the reader’s interest while reading non-fiction.