Doing the same thing in the same way creates a pattern that helps a reader follow along.
On this page I've used a parallel structure for the tips. Each one is written as a command. I used the imperative mood (the command) because these tips are vital parts of writing. I used it in each case because that creates a pattern your brain picked up by the time you reached Writing Tip #3.
If I had changed Writing Tip #8 to "Details are important," your brain would have registered the shift in structure and for a moment would have flickered away from what I want you to do:
accept these tips,
become a stronger writer,
sell lots of books,
advance the general quality of written English in the world.
Human brains love pattern. Give your reader's brain a pattern and your ideas will come through like sunshine through a window. Your reader will
take you seriously,
recommend your book,
change the world...
As I said before, straight to the point novels with little description and smaller words are not bad novels. They can be very good novels. But wanting every novel to be written like that smacks of something the fast food generation wants, something called instant gratification. They want results now, they want their food now. Sometimes I wonder if there is a correlation to the fast food generation to people wanting their novels always simple and straight to the point. To say that novels should only be written one way, which this article seems to be saying, is a disservice to literature and it’s many diverse writers. I ask you all to think it over.
Part of creating an eye-catching headline could be using some of the strong adjectives/verbs mentioned in tip #14. So, for example: Kill Your Spammy Backlinks - Before it's Too Late! or here's a good one I came across recently that I would definitely categorize as eye-catching: How Google Glass ruined my lunch hour The goal is to create something that feels, at least to some degree, out of the ordinary. It's hard to give examples because a headline can be eye-catching for many different reasons - because of word choice, punctuation, sentence structure, etc. I hope that helps!