Use Anecdotes in Your Writing

Anecdotes are little stories or incidents that solidify specific points you’re making. Readers like anecdotes.

Since Expert Publishing publishes business, self-help, and inspiration books, our authors share their expertise and content and that’s valuable to readers. Sometimes, however, it’s important to break up the heavier content with stories that illustrate what the content means. Anecdotes do that. Win your readers over by offering stories that illustrate your concepts in an entertaining way.

You can use characters, dialogue, setting, or other devices in your anecdotes. People love stories and you’ll endear yourself to your reader if you use them appropriately.

So what do I mean by appropriately? One anecdote per point is sufficient.

The old saying goes that an expert uses one story to make one point. A wanna-be expert uses many stories to make the same point.

As important as stories are, too many ruin the writing. Think of stories as salt. Salt can work well to flavor food, but if you use too much, the food is no longer fit for consumption.You want your readers to consume your content.

How real do your anecdotes have to be? Are fictionalized anecdotes okay? I encourage you to use real stories, real examples, to prove or illustrate your point. Real offers more credibility than fabricated does.

As you write your book, be sure to include anecdotes. Your reader will appreciate the bits of entertainment tossed into the content.

Happy writing!

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1 Response to “Use Anecdotes in Your Writing”


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