Writing That Creates Ruts
There is nothing better than to pick up one of your favorite books only to discover the pages are well-worn and smudged from the sticky snack eating fingers you use to turn the pages. There is a certain feeling of familiarity as you settle in to read the book again for the umpteenth time.
Wouldn’t it be great if this was your book in the hands of your readers that is being read and re-read? In order for that to happen your writing has to connect with the reader. Your readers have to get a special feeling as they turn your pages and that takes work and commitment.
Too many authors write just to finish their story. They don’t put the effort into writing for their readers and that is why they will never have many readers. You must evaluate your writing to determine if your words will connect or not. You must then be willing to re-write and add elements that will connect.
A rut is a path that is driven on over and over again. In order to create a written rut that is read over and over again, you must WORK at it by revising over and over again. I work with many authors and when I have asked them to re-write or revise they are never happy about it but when they are done they are proud of the outcome.
It takes revision, re-writing and reviewing to create a path so well-traveled a rut forms in your book.