7 Ways You Can Learn to Write Like You Talk
I’ve noticed an interesting trend lately as I’ve been reading the mountains of blogs and blog comments on the web. For whatever reason, I hadn’t picked up on this before but now that I see it, I’m beginning to realize it’s a big problem for many. Simply put, here’s my concern:
Most People Don’t Write Like They Talk
I really began to pick up on this phenomena when I started looking at bloggers, the way they wrote their comments, and then reading their actual blog articles. What’s crazy is that I have found many bloggers write better in their comments on other blogs then they do in their own posts. This is very interesting indeed and so the question is ‘Why’? What makes their comments a better read? That, my friends, is the purpose of today’s post, and the answer is clear: They write comments as if they’re actually talking.
I know, sounds like too simplistic of an answer, but it’s true. One of the greatest keys to writing in this age of Web 2.0 and building online relationships is by being real. Who are you? What’s your style? What’s your voice?
If people (your readers and audience) can’t answer these questions, then you’re in trouble. They must know you through your writings. If not, you’ve failed, and your brand will suffer.
So how does it happen? How can you write like you talk? Here are my thoughts…
7 Ways You Can Learn to Write Like You Talk
1. Chill Out
That’s right. Just chill. For example, when you talk to a friend, spouse, or relative do you worry about every single word? Are you worried your next sentence will be a belly-flop? Hopefully, you don’t, because if you did your conversations would be as painful as P90X. So relax a little, will ya!?
2. Keep the Vernacular
When I say vernacular, I mean that although we all want to sound and appear smart, ‘reaching’ for words can actually hurt our flow of thought and ultimately hinder words from leaving the tips of our fingers. (BTW, when I say keep the vernacular, you may want to filter a few words unsuitable for virgin ears 😉 )
3. Colloquialisms and ‘Funky’ Words are Fine
What’s a funky word? Hmmm, let me see if I can draw from a few of my regulars here on The Sales Lion.
Catch my drift? The words above are just a few ‘unique’ terms that have been found in my past articles. But considering I write exactly as I talk, the articles just wouldn’t seem ‘real’ to me unless they were included, plus you guys wouldn’t know just how goofy of a guy I am. Another example of this is my buddy Leon in Australia. Many of you have seen him comment on here with his hilarious colloquialisms from ‘down unda’ that always make readers smile, and without such phrases, Leon wouldn’t be nearly as appealing. So although filtering and professionalism do have their place, be careful to maintain your genuine voice, got me mate??
4. Smile While You Write
Seriously, this tool is awesome, and a great way to gauge if you’re taking yourself and your writings too seriously. Smiling means you’re happy. Smiling affects your entire physiological state. Smiling carries over into your writing and will make your words and message more vibrant to readers. My point? SMILE! 🙂
5. Tell a Story at Every Opportunity
I’m mystified how often people write without stories. It simply makes no sense to me whatsoever. When we talk to our friends, we always use stories. They’re intricate. They’re effective. Audiences not only peak up when a personal experience or story is told, but they are also able to turn your words into a picture much easier.
Just look back on this blog. Out of 170 article on here, I’d bet less than five are without some personal experience or observation on my part. If you’re not following this pattern, do yourself a favor and start writing about your life today as it will make the process of content production much, much easier.
6. Grammar Ain’t all it’s Cracked Up to Be
Look, I’ll be the first to admit that proper grammar and writing style do have their place and are certainly important (especially in certain types of business), but many writers get too dang caught up in the rules. For example, I have this lovely habit of starting sentences with the word And. General grammar rules don’t smile upon this, but I frankly don’t care. I write like I speak, so I guess ‘the rules’ will just have to live with it. 😉
7. Stop Trying to Impress Everyone
Seriously, have you ever written something and worried about whether or not your ‘style’ would impress others? If you have, ya messed up. Want to impress readers in this new age? Try honesty, sincerity, and transparency. If you simply focus on those 3 writing characteristics, you’ll eventually find great success in your niche.
So there are my thoughts, what are yours? What other keys would you add that enhance the genuine feel of your writer’s voice? Which of these do you find the most difficult to apply? Come on folks, jump in!
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