The Easiest Writing Tip Ever

by Rainy Kaye

This writing tip will take about two minutes of your time.

Ready?

See how I have to pad this post with a vain attempt at anticipation, just because this tip is so easy?

Write your sentences in chronological order.

Wait, that's it?

No, I don't mean write sentences in order—though that's a good idea too. I mean, in a sentence with two related events, write those events in order of occurrence.

Example:

She screamed after someone knocked on the door.

Instead use:

Someone knocked on the door, and she screamed.

Example:

She blushed when he smiled at her.

Instead use:

He smiled at her, and she blushed.

Example:

She kicked the alien after it stuck its tongue out at her.

Instead use:

The alien stuck its tongue out at her. She kicked the closest of its eight shins.

Why?

Readers tend to visualize scenes in their head as they go along. While there's nothing grammatically wrong with writing a sentence out of order, it causes a subtle, yet annoying, thing to happen. The reader briefly rewinds that moment and plays it out in the order it happened. These few seconds have jarred the reader from the story.

Like all writing tips, there are exceptions to the "rule". However, unless you have a justification for confusing the order, try implementing this concept and see what happens. It is especially useful when handling complex or fast paced scenes.

What's the easiest writing tip that you've ever received?

Copyright Rainy Kaye 2013

About the Author:
Rainy Kaye is an aspiring overlord. In the mean time, she runs Book and Blog Services, blogs at Rainy of The Dark, and is preparing to debut an epic paranormal series all from her lair somewhere in Phoenix, Arizona. When not planning world domination, Rainy can be found appeasing her inner geek or traveling to strange parts of the world. She is fueled by coffee, encouraged by chocolate, and lives in fear of the household felines plotting her demise. She's married to a man who excels at humoring her.

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