Maintaining Interest

In addition to being honest with your readers, you have to constantly put effort into maintaining their interest. A reader's attention span may be very small and the consquences of boring a reader can be irreversable. If a reader loses interest in your story they may choose to abandon your novel all together and then you have a very slim chance of getting them to reopen or revisit your novel, let alone buy any future works you might publish. In writing an autobiography, it may be necessary to omit sections of your life that are boring or lack important events. Here I've included an example of how to effectively transition through time as a means to keep your reader entertained and engaged:

 

"Hiterto I have recorded in detail the events of my insignificant existence. to the first ten years of my life, I have given almost as many chapters. But this is not to be a regular autobiography; I am only bound to invoke memory where I know her responses will possess some degree of interest; therefore I now pass a space of eight years almost in silence; a few lines only are necessary to keep up the links of connection" (pg 99). 

 

Sometimes being direct is the best method because it avoids wasting time on an elaborate explanation. As an author keep in mind your audience is human too and their level of education varies. Once again, if you are writing a more fictional book, keep the interest level high! 

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