Pity the Readers

The internet is full of endless information on any subject, including how to improve your writing style. I think many of us took the opportunity to read through some, realizing many of the suggestions are similar if not identical to each other. We can get bogged down with the vast amount of overloaded information we are searching for and consequently all writing about on this blog, The Publishing Culture. Though the chances are both with and against us that we did not happen upon the same articles, I think I found an article you might not have read. I only say might as it was on the second page of my search(normally I just look at the first page).

8 Excellent Rules to Improve Your Writing Style.

I am quite positive that many of the “rule” are the same as some of the previous post on the blog. Keep it simple, write about something you are passionate about, edit wisely. But, in this article a more sage piece of advice is given, albeit in a moderately humorous way, pity the reader. Yes, that is verbatim. We often think that our writing is exceptional and people would love to read it, even now I presume as much, but we need to think more realistically and realize not everyone like to read. Although this is where the advice comes in handy, just because not everyone enjoys reading doesn’t mean whatever you’ve written shouldn’t be for them.

Readers have to identify thousands of little marks on paper, and make sense of them immediately. They have to read, an art so difficult that most people don’t really master it even after having studied it all through grade school and high school — twelve long years. So this discussion must finally acknowledge that our stylistic options as writers are neither numerous nor glamorous, since our readers are bound to be such imperfect artists. Our audience requires us to be sympathetic and patient teachers, ever willing to simplify and clarify, whereas we would rather soar high above the crowd, sining like nightingales.

This does go back to know your audience, however, when we write we want to be able to pull in more than just our intended audience and by making sure we follow the rule of pitying the reader, it can help us improve upon the simplicity and the subject without driving potential readers away with a desire to use infinite verbose literary jargon.



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