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May 10, 2024

Episode 129: 5 Tactics to Keep Engaging Readers: Columbo-Inspired Writing Tips

Deduction Secrets for Capturing Your Readers Attention


What does the TV show Columbo have to do with being an author? From 1971 to 1978, and then again from 1989 to 2003, the disheveled detective  Columbo charmed TV audiences. In this episode of Coffee with Carma, I share 5 tactics inspired by the iconic detective, that unlock the mystery of engaging readers’ attention.

Key Takeaways

  • Get to know your ideal readers’ quirks
  • Create the Perfect Hook
  • Develop your own style of Banter
  • Disarm your readers
  • One More Thing

Summary of 5 Tactics to Keep Engaging Readers: Columbo-Inspired Writing Tips:

In this quirky episode, author coach Carma Spence draws inspiration from the iconic TV detective Columbo to share five clever tactics that will help authors better engage and charm their readers. With her trademark warmth and authenticity, Carma breaks down how emulating Columbo’s gift for reading people, creating the perfect “hook”, developing a unique personal writing style, and disarming readers with the unexpected can make you a master storyteller.

Her advice is both insightful and entertaining, punctuated with personal anecdotes that bring the Columbo connection to life. From understanding your audience’s idiosyncrasies to always having “one more thing” up your sleeve, Carma’s tips will delight any author looking to build a deeper connection with their tribe. If you want to unlock the mystery of reader engagement, this fun but info-packed episode is a must-watch!

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