Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Why Not Finish Reading a Book?

I came across this article recently:

Why Readers Stop Reading a Book

They surveyed over 100 participants, 86.30% were female, and 13.70% were male.

The main information is as follows:
There were 34 sub-categories as a result of the survey. Those results were then placed into 5 main categories: Writing, Editing, Proofreading, Taste, and Other, with Writing providing the largest number of sub-categories and results. 68.49% of those responding noted some form of dissatisfaction with Writing as a reason for putting a book down.26.03% gave Editing.23.29% gave Proofreading.17.81% was Taste.2.74% was Other.
Interesting information. I put editing and proofreading together in my mind, which comes to 49.32%. 'Writing' to me, could mean they didn't like the author's style, or some other reason. The article then goes on to have subcategories for writing, which shows the main reasons (66.67%) were in one of the four categories of dull, bad writing, unbelievable/dull characters, and info dump. Profanity, over describing, and violence gave another 12.65%. There's another category that interested me for this survey. It was 'taste concerns of readers.' Here's what the article says:
There were 7 different sub-categories placed under taste: Slow Beginning (30.77%), Tragic Ending (15.38%), Difficult Vocabulary (15.38%), Too Much Detail (15.38%), Back Story (7.69%), Genre (7.69%), and Cliffhanger Ending (7.69%).
So start the book with a major hook, give it a happy ending that is actually an ending, and don't give too much detail or back story. Difficult vocabulary--if it's a sci-fi book, then that's to be expected (especially weird names, aliens, or created worlds). But for regular genre books, I guess not trying ti impress the reader by using big words and zombie nouns is a must.

As I look over this list, I'm brought back to the reason people follow others on Twitter. Assuming the people with millions of followers didn't just pay for followers but have real people following them, take a look at their posts. They're exciting (start every book out with a hook, don't make it dull), don't have typos (proofreading), are easy and quick to read (don't have too much detail, difficult vocabulary, or back story), and usually don't include profanity or sexual situations (taste).

Same thing with writing a book. Keep it simple, keep it moving, and give it a happy ending.

Easy to say, huh?

Have a great day!
SweetTale Books

1 comment:

  1. My Book on short stories : Journey from Guwahati to Machhiwara for age 10 to 90 . Now in 13 countries , 95 libraries , because of simple language I believe .