When you start writing a book, you are under the impression that the more pages your book has the better it is. But this is not wholly true. The number of pages your book has does not correspond to how good it is. Some books could have a thousand pages but if the book itself makes no sense, no number of pages can help it. So it is better to make your book more compact and efficient. But this is easier said than done though, because it takes efficient writing skills and discipline in order for you to fully achieve a compact and efficient book. Here are some great book writing tips that will help make your writing more compact and efficient.
- Tighten up the slack
Bad writing habits can be the reason for overly long books. This can be due to a number of reasons. One reason is that the writer lacks the vocabulary to make quick and concise sentences. This compels the writer to write overly long and unnecessary sentences. This bad writing habit usually annoys readers because they would feel as if the writer was merely procrastinating. This would also lead the writer to overly explain every aspect of the book and ultimately bore readers.
Yet another reason for bad writing habits is the fact that some writers have only a vague idea of what it is they truly want to convey in their sentences. This would lead them to make long winding and even looping sentences that would be frustrating for any reader. Which is why you should try to make your sentences short and concise. Refrain from using superfluous words to try and impress your readers. If you write properly, your writing style will ultimately impress your readers.
- Overly complicated storylines
Writing overly complicated storylines is very common with new writers. As a new writer you are usually very excited to make a complex and immersive story line that will draw your readers in. This is all well and good, but sometimes making your storyline too complex could leave your readers scratching their heads and wondering why they even tried to read the book in the first place. Complex storylines are an asset to any book because they help capture the reader’s attention and stimulate their imaginations, but please refrain from making it too complex because it might confuse the reader in the end. One way of making your book compact and efficient is to simplify your plotline and just have the book seen through one character’s point of view.
- Too many characters
Good and memorable characters are usually the highlight of any great writer’s book. Thus when you are writing a novel, you should take care that the spotlight is shown on your main characters. It is also a good idea to refrain from making too many characters. This can make things confusing for you. Having various point of views can also make things very confusing for your readers and leave them asking why you even made such unnecessary characters.
- Refrain from using flowery phrases
Most writers tend to confuse good writing with wordy writing. There is a stark difference between truly good writing and wordy writing. Good writing in truth does not take a lot of words. It is just the ability to convey your thoughts in words as efficiently as possible. Wordy writing is usually used to cover up sloppy writing and usually leaves your work to sound ineffectual and dispassionate. Thus it is always preferable that your writing be as concise as possible.
All in all, when it comes to writing in a more compact and efficient way it is always important to remember that your main intent is to convey your message to your readers. It is not to impress them with superfluous words or unnecessarily long word play. Writing in a concise and straightforward manner is truly the best way for you to reach out to your readers.