Talk the Write WayOct 12, 2022
Do you write like you talk?
Or do you talk like you write?
Perhaps you write like you think you should talk... if you were presenting to a room full of professors, dignitaries, and royalty.
Methinks there shall be dancing when the darkness descends and symbolizes the end of this glorious day.
Why do we do this?
Because, like chunk paragraphs, we were taught to write well. And well we should have been taught.
You need to know the rules to break the rules, am I right?
But... we don't talk like we write.
Especially on social media—where the goal is to connect as if you are having a one-on-one conversation with your reader/viewer—we have to write like we talk.
That includes starting some sentences with BUT... like I did above. [gasp]
Because (another forbidden first word in a sentence) this is how we talk.
We talk in fragments sometimes.
The thought is continuous and we, as the reader, follow along, because we follow along when people talk to us in person, too.
I'm not suggesting we ramble in our social media. No, that would be frustrating to read. Especially if it is done often.
Instead, read your social media captions and blog posts out loud. Would you talk like this NATURALLY if someone were right in front of you? Is this how you would convey your message or idea?
Consider it. Methinks we could try.