Two words – Conservational writing.
Means: writing to a friend.
So how do you write like you talk without it sounding like crap? Without putting the reader to sleep?
Well, here are a few tips, hope they help.
- Writing to a crowd can kill your voice.
- Instead, write as if you are writing to a friend.
- Imagine your favorite person opening and reading your book, email or text. Will they laugh, cry or close it up unfinished?
- Conservational writing is not writing like you talk.
- Messy first drafts are to be expected.
- Then, edit until your writing doesn’t sound like stuffy writing but like casual conversation.
- Don’t write to impress
- Write to be read.
- Use contractions.
- Write with common words.
- Read blogs, contemporary novels and listen to podcasts.
- Avoid proper English books until ready to edit.
- Read good conversational writing.
- Write in short sentences and paragraphs.
- This helps avoid boring the reader to death.
- Use the active voice.
- Avoid passive writing when possible.
- Read your writing out loud.
- Record yourself reading.
- Sounds too formal, rewrite.
Hope these tips helped a little. The articles below go into more depth, be sure and click on the links to read.
Do you think conversational writing applies to books, stories as well as blogs?
What tip could you add?
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