Many people are familiar with the saying “show, don’t tell.” This is good advice when it comes to writing. Telling the reader what something looks like, smells like, feels like, etc. is often more effective than simply stating that something is big, small, soft, etc. This is where the ICE method comes in handy.
ICE stands for Images, Characters and Emotions. Using these three elements can help you bring your writing to life and make it more engaging for the reader. Images help to set the scene and provide a visual for the reader. Characters help to move the story along and provide someone for the reader to connect with. Emotions help to add depth and realism to the story.
All three of these elements are important in creating a well-rounded piece of writing. The next time you sit down to write, try using the ICE method to bring your story to life.
1- Strive for effectiveness
This will help the reader feel as if they are part of the story, rather than just reading about it. You want to want your reader to want to stay in your book just as much as you want to keep them reading, even if they aren’t interested in the story itself. You want to want to want to finish the book because you know your reader will be able to see the connections between the characters and the themes that are explored. You want to want to want your reader to love the book because you know they will. Use passive voice when possible.
This will help the reader to feel more like they are in the story rather than just reading about it. It will also help you to avoid using the word “is,” “was,” or “will” throughout the book, which is unnecessary. Use the present tense when possible. This will help the reader to place the events in the past, while maintaining the feeling of the past. It also helps you to keep the pace of the story moving, rather than just letting the reader down.
2- Don’t use unnecessary words
Overloading the reader with words can make them want to put the book down or walk away from the page. Overloading the reader with too much information can also be distracting and make them want to read on again and again, rather than just enjoying the reading. For example, you could be talking about world hunger and how people in the developing world are trying to increase their percentage of food production by moving toward nuclear energy.
This could lead to phrases such as “50 percent of all food in the world comes from countries with access to nuclear energy.” This is overloading the reader and making them want to turn the page to read about world hunger.
3- Avoid excessive praise or bad-mouthing
Praise is a really helpful part of literature, but too much praise can be negative, even if the praise is well-deserved. To avoid negative aspects of praise, try to use words such as “hope,” “think,” “know,” and “believe.” Instead of using these words in your writing, try to stick to more positive ones, such as “this book was a really interesting read.”
4- Keep developing your ideas
This will help the reader to see the big picture and still be able to follow the small details, especially when the details are very short. If your idea for the book is too basic or simple, the reader will figure it out for themselves. On the other hand, if your idea is too advanced or involved, they will probably just stop reading because they don’t know how to proceed. This is how you want the reader to feel.
A great way to start a new novel is by starting with an outline. This is the outline that you will use when you are just starting out as a writer. An outline helps you to plan out the parts of your novel that you want to happen, as well as the parts that you don’t want to happen. This way, you will be able to Measure yourself against the requirements of your ideal novel and get ready to start writing.