What makes novel writing attractive to the eyes? It’s the way your characters and scene descriptions are presented to the reader, of course!
As a novelist, you know that one of the most important things you have to do is weave an interesting story and present it in such a way that readers will be unable to look away from their screens as they sit there and read your entire novel, one word at a time.
Writing a novel can be an incredible experience, but it can also be extremely challenging. Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of the overall impact your work will have on your readers when you’re deep into editing, and that can make it hard to see your writing objectively.
Even the smallest mistakes or typos can stand out and detract from your writing’s overall impact if you let them slide.
To avoid this problem, keep these 10 ways to make your novel writing attractive to the eyes in mind as you edit and revise your work, ensuring that every last word is perfectly polished before publishing.
Tip#1: Write Out Dialogue
Novels have a reputation for being dry, mainly because they are filled with conversation after conversation. It’s often hard to pay attention to dialogue without thinking about how weird it is to watch people talk in books (or movies).
If you want your novel writing to seem more visual and more minor, like what you read in school, make sure that each character speaks as differently as possible—this means changing up their vocabulary and each character’s syntax.
Also, be sure to write out a little bit of body language alongside every line of dialogue—no need for it all at once. Toss in a few words from time to time. These additions make it easy for your readers to follow along by putting them into pictures instead of just in their heads.
Tip #2: Use Subheadings
If you want to get your readers’ attention, there’s no better way than using subheadings. Subheadings are a simple way to break up text and make it easier for readers to scan through your piece.
It’s also easy for them to pinpoint what they find exciting and follow those sections precisely – if that’s what they choose to do. It makes sense then that if you have a lot of information or if your audience is older (maybe even middle-aged), subheadings can be an excellent approach. In short, use them when it makes sense!
Some fiction authors like Mary Higgins Clark seem almost obsessed with headings, but why not if it works for her?
Tip #3: Get Rid of Unnecessary Fluff
Bad novel writing is often really boring to read. While there are some cases in which purple prose or flowery language works, we want something simple and easy to follow most of the time.
We’ve all had a book that we put down for one reason or another, usually, because it was either too dull or just not our type of story.
Novels should be interesting and exciting—not filled with cliches and unrealistic events that don’t make sense to a reader. Keeping your book free from unnecessary fluff will help your book succeed in more ways than one!
Tip #4: Keep Paragraphs Short
Lengthy paragraphs are hard to read, leave your reader confused, and don’t add much value. So instead of writing long blocks of text, break up your content into small chunks—no more than two or three sentences per paragraph.
This will make your content easier to digest. You can learn more about doing that in my previous post: How To Write Better Copy Using a Few Basic Strategies.
Even if you’re a fiction writer, focus on reading like an editor when it comes to your writing, and you’ll be surprised at how much better it reads when broken up into smaller chunks.
Tip #5: Avoid Repetitive Sentences
Every novel writing service uses the passive voice. Passive voice shifts responsibility for action away from a subject and towards another, often unspecified, agent: There were mangled bicycles on the road.
One is left to assume that some terrible accident occurred and mangled two bikes. Passives (or passives turned into verbs) help give prose a more casual air and help to obscure information.
That’s good in real life when you don’t want everyone you run into to know about your business/bankruptcy/firing. But in fiction, passive voice can weaken the impact. In fact, after reading several novels with too much passive voice, I find myself immediately missing them once they’re not there anymore.
Tip #6: Go For Quality Over Quantity
Quantity comes naturally to many writers, but it’s important to realize that quality will always triumph over quantity when it comes to novels.
Even if you can manage a novel every three months, it won’t matter if you can’t hold your reader’s attention for more than 50 pages. Some of my favourite authors can come out with new books all of a sudden—or even more than once per year—because they focus on making each book as great as possible.
If you expect readers and publishers to pay attention to your novel writing services, you need to be just as prolific and put just as much effort into each book.
Tip #7: Read Aloud Your Work
Not only will reading aloud to yourself help you catch mistakes, but it’s also a good way to hear your work as a reader would. If something doesn’t sound right or flows awkwardly, don’t ignore it; figure out what’s wrong and rewrite that section.
Reading aloud can also help you add more descriptive detail; maybe your writing sounds excellent in your head, but not so much when you read it out loud.
And if that happens, read some nonfiction works out loud—nonfiction always tends to sound stiff when spoken aloud. Whether it’s poetry or prose, let your novel writing flow off of your tongue as much as possible.
The Final Verdict
One of the many things you need to take care of when writing your novel is to make sure that it’s attractive to the eyes. After all, what’s the point of spending so much time working on something if no one will even read it?
Hope these 10 will help you make your novel writing more visually appealing to readers and stand out from the rest.