Chloe Leigh Corin posted today an excellent article comparing reading a novel to starting a relationship. She then shares six great writing tips that also apply to dating:
- Explicit Intro: On average, talking about sex when first meeting someone isn’t a good idea—definitely off-putting. Opening a novel with an explicit sex scene is a big no-no as well. Now, with Erotica, the rules may be different but I imagine the reader isn’t thrown into a steamy bedroom scene in the first line.
- Showing Off: Ok, raise your hands if you like dating a show-off. Unless you’re writing for writers or masters of the English language, the reader just wants a good story. To be entertained. Why use a twenty-dollar word when a five-dollar one will work?
- TMI (too much information): Sharing all your business on the first date is an easy way to lose the interest of a potential partner. Where’s the mystery? What’s there to wonder about? It’s nice having to work a little when getting to know someone. Same applies to writing. Information-dumping in the beginning doesn’t create that I-can’t-wait-to-see-what-happens response. Actually, it does the opposite–a real snooze-fest!
- Lack of Authenticity: No one can be you better than you. It’s really awkward being on a date when the person isn’t being themselves. Be true to the character and story by writing realistically. And it’s totally fine to do it your own way.
- Pacing: There’s a natural flow to good conversation, just like there’s a natural flow to good storytelling. A good balance between summary and scene makes for enjoyable reading!
- Hot-Mess: Showing up for a first date dirty and looking a hot-mess, will not go over well–unless it’s a rock climbing date. Being prepared and put together helps people to take you seriously. With a novel, having a ton of grammatical or spelling mishaps in the first few pages is unacceptable.
So, there you have it! Whether dating or writing, these six make perfect sense…
Read the complete post on Chloe Leigh Corin’s blog!