I’ve always thought I wrote like I talked. Well, ok, not always. In junior high, I used to score very low on “voice.” Since then, I’ve really worked on inserting as much of my voice as possible into my writing.
And the comments I get are, “I can totally hear you saying that.” and “It’s entertaining because the language has so much life.” So, I thought, writing like I talk is totes working. I like it. People like it (or the 10 people who read this blog — I’m being generous with that number).
Then I see this tweet today from a blogger I totes respect.
Is “write like you talk” the worst writing advice ever?
The writer weighed in her comments here.
Do you talk good?
Is the content about you?
Is it informal?
Are you funny? (be honest)
If your answers to the above questions are yes, I would say, “Write like you talk.” But lets use some common sense and not take this advice in it’s most literal form like this: