Donuts and The Beatles painting by Lizabeth

Best Way To Eat Fewer Donuts Is Create Simple Stories


“Donuts. Is there anything they can’t do?” ~ Matt Groening


Do you get hungry when you read?

Are you binge-reading the latest New York Times bestseller Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty whilst reaching for a Krispy Kreme doughnut?

I worked closely with a group of monks for over two years. They LOVE eating donuts.

Don’t beat yourself up.

It’s natural to fuel the body with food when processing information.

Our brains burn calories as we think.

As we read daily, hourly, moment by moment, on our phones, laptops, desktops, and Kindle machines our delicate little brain cells work furiously to sort out the vast amount of data we are wading through.

All that work needs calories.

It’s exhausting.


This is the Information Age and we all run a mental marathon every morning just by glancing at our phone to check emails, social media, and world news.

Information that’s disorganized, fragmented, hard to understand and digest, well it gives us mental indigestion.

As writers, we must help our readers do more than just survive this daily onslaught.

We need to help them THRIVE.

And we can do this by utilizing the most powerful tool known for organizing information.

Which is…

The story.

Our writing must be simple.

And what’s easier to understand than a story that helps you make sense of the chaos.

It identifies a goal.

It defines the challenges that keep us from that goal.

It offers a plan to help us achieve our goal.

It solves that damn goal!

This is the map we must give to our readers.


Here are four habits to cultivate, that will help you write deceptively simpler, and satisfy your readers.


Four Tips To Keep It Simple


Tip # 1:

Keep paragraphs short.

One or two sentences. Then hit the return key…

And make a new paragraph.

Makes it so much easier to read on phones and saves reading calories.


Tip # 2:

Write like you’re talking to an eleven-year-old.

This makes it conversational, easy for readers to understand, and therefore burns fewer calories.


Tip #3:

Get to the point.

Stop waffling for hours with long rambling explanations.

Keep it short.

Clear.

Simple.


Tip #4:

Humour beats everything else.

Let’s face it.

The world is insane and pretty stressful for most people.

Brighten up someone’s day and put some humour into your writing.


P.S. In the following video is an example of a story for those grown-ups who have forgotten what a story is.

P.P.S. Doughnuts are even older than the Beatles, being invented in 1847, which was 110 years before the Beatles formed a band.


The story of Princess Brumby by Lizabeth

Donuts and The Beatles painting by Lizabeth
Fab Four The Beatles ~ Painting by Lizabeth

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