By: Helga Schier, PhD
Aim for High Readability
- The surface structure of the words on the page, which includes spelling, grammar, and punctuation
- The level of style and voice, which is defined by the choice of words, the sentence rhythm, the use of literary techniques and images, and the tone or approach
- The content level, where the fictional world comes to life.
Highly readable books are polished, refined, sophisticated, and mature on all three levels. To fulfill the potential of your book, develop and sharpen the following top ten elements.
1. Your Words Are Your tools; Make Sure They Are in Working Order.
Avoid typos, sort out commonly mistaken words such as die/dye or there/their/
[Like this quote? Click here to Tweet and share it!] Watch your grammar—make
sure your nouns agree with your verbs and the personal pronouns fit. If a
paragraph begins in the past tense, it likely ought to end in the past tense,
too. Figure out where those commas go to help your readers make sense of your
sentences. Sounds basic? It is. So run that spell-check and get it right. they’re
2. Check for Inconsistencies.
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