Writers need readers.

Isn’t that the truth! Without an audience to read your work, you can’t be a successful, memorable author.

On the flip side, readers need writers. They need good writers. They need readable writers.

If your writing is filled with errors, your audience will stop reading, and you may become memorable for all the wrong reasons.

So how do you keep your readers coming back for more? How do you become a READABLE WRITER?

Coming up with a fantastic plot is part of the equation. But writing is more than just putting words on paper—it also includes the ability to do it well.

If my novel or short story began like this, would you stick with me?

          Once upon a time it was a dark (and stormy) knight; and I 
          couldn’t not await for the sun to raise because I am afraid 
          of: the black, harrowing, scary, terrifying, fearful, monster 
          shadows that lerk in the trees… Sometimes I laid in my bed 
          and watching the branches’s jiggle around in the wind and 
          think their going two find they’re way to me-“that aint’ going 
          too happen”.

Those sixty-eight words are full of misspellings, grammar mistakes, punctuation errors, and misuse of words. Very few people, if any, would pick their way through an entire manuscript written like this, despite the promise of a knock-you-off-your-chair storyline. 

I signed up for my first writing course through the Institute of Children’s Literature when I was a senior in high school. When the first critique came back, I ripped open the envelope with high expectations. 


Even though there were words of encouragement, the pages were rife with green marks and notes (my editor didn’t believe in using red ink) correcting my errors. 

At that point, I had two choices: be discouraged and quit, or be humbled and try again. 

I was hard on myself. Determined to be error-free, I started studying, and studying, and studying.

Do I still make mistakes? Of course I do. However, the wonderful part of the writing journey, as with life in general, is that we can always learn and grow and strive to be the best we can be. 

I hope that within these pages, you find new tips, techniques, and tools to help you become a Readable Writer, and that your work is widely read!

To your success,


P.S. I’ve intentionally put some errors in my pages to see if anyone notices. Email me at Joanne@ReadableWriter.com if you spot one. If you’re right, I’ll send you an Amazon gift card!

Joanne Hirase-Stacey

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