Writing is in the Details
Ever read something and wish that you could get that time back? It’s happened to the best of us, and it seems to happen more when writing is dry.
Dry writing is often writing that doesn’t really say anything new, or it doesn’t give details that help the reader feel caught up in the movement of the text.
When you’re writing, it’s a good idea (no matter what you’re writing) to think about how your writing answers these basic questions:
- Who – This might be the character in the story or this might be a question of whether you’ve related to the reading audience.
- What – What is the writing about? Is it clear?
- Where – Where is the writing taking place? Where should the writing be utilized?
- When – Is there a timeframe for the writing or is there a timeframe in which the content is necessary?
- Why – Look at the writing and decide whether there is a reason for the reader to keep reading. If not, why not?
The more details you can add to writing, the better for the reader. While there are certain details that are more relevant to fiction than to nonfiction, remember that the more you say, the more the reader knows.