Do you write like you talk...or....  

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
5791 posts
8/8/2005 1:27 pm

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Do you write like you talk...or....

talk like you write????

I was in Toastmasters for 3 years in Houston, TX, before I moved back to Austin in 2003. I loved writing my speeches, but I found that it was easier to write my speeches closer to the way that I talk, which made it easier to present them.

Likewise, when I write my blogs, I am finding myself writing them close to the way I talk as well.... so much so, that when in a group of people talking about a particular event that I had also written about, it seems I am taking the words straight off the page....and I find myself laughing to myself (as those I am talking to wouldn't get the humor in it).

What about you????

Just curious....

ProtonicMan 48M

8/9/2005 8:27 pm

Yet another good question from the keyboard of txRose.

I have to be careful when I write, because my sentence structure tends to be complex. Often, if I don't edit what I write the result is verbose and might seem elitist or condescending.

Maybe I just think too much when I write. I think my conversational style is simpler. I'm finding that blogging is helping, though.

When it comes to writing, I subscribe to the philosophy the father preached in the movie A River Runs Through It:

"Again. Half as long."


rm_CookieLips2 61M

8/9/2005 8:28 am

Actually, I think that I write better than I talk. When I write I have the time to think about what I want to say and how I intend to say it. This is not to say that I do not know how to talk. I am a very good conversationalist. You know though, they say that it is better to sometimes remain silent and be thought of as a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt!

tamethytension 54M
2320 posts
8/9/2005 2:42 am

My everyday writing is rather dry and scientific. I started writing online essays 10 years ago in a more popular scientific style and it was liberating. However, I quickly discovered a capacity when relating an event, to recall details as they popped into my head sequentially. Most of my online writing remains a description of this sequence with occasional interjections (after-thoughts or asides if you will which are indicated by numerous parentheticals bugging the reader to no end). However, in straight story telling, where I attempt to bring the reader itno the story as a voyeur, if not a participant, I naturally write in a conversational manner, laying down the conversation as it take place in my mind.



rm_xrickjonesx 37M

8/9/2005 12:01 am

i can't tell most of the time i don't reread what i wrote so i can't i've been told it just like the way i talk but not sure

Mccartney2003 38M
281 posts
8/8/2005 9:02 pm

I write like I talk.

djnap40 52M
22 posts
8/8/2005 8:40 pm

I used to write out speeches and presentations - word for word. But I found I hated the way I sounded, so formal and literal. Then I went to 3 x 5 note cards, now just key topics, more outline form. Straight and to the point, less fluff, more people pay attention.

TheDodger8 45M

8/8/2005 8:37 pm

I write like I am talking to .. well.. you.
I think it is fun.

pASSionwantd2 50M
1316 posts
8/8/2005 8:34 pm

"I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.(jd)

rm_connor696 60M
834 posts
8/8/2005 7:35 pm

Writing is a skill--as is speaking. The crucial difference is that most people get much more practice at the latter, and they also tend to hear speech far more than they read text.

So at the baseline, people will always express themselves most fluidly in the spoken vernacular. Indeed, their speech and their thought processes will tend to proceed in parallel. Because of this, I've always told students that when writing papers, they will obtain their best results if they are able to explain their arguments to their friends, because the attempt to do so will inevitably keep them in an authentic conversational mode.

That said, ordinary conversational speech usually suffers from more than a few defects, and anyone who wants or needs to be a good writer must do precisely what anyone who wants to master any skill must do: practice, practice, practice--and seek out feedback. This is epecially true if you want to develop facility in more than one register, as many professionals must. After all, the first rule of most writing is "know your audience."

The learning process can be painful, but it does work. Of course, there are always editors to take up the slack . . .

artistforexploit 60M

8/8/2005 6:50 pm

Yes, I write the way I think, which is the way I talk.


8/8/2005 6:37 pm

For me, if I wrote like I talked, it would be full of Texanese, since I was born and raised there. I am often asked where I'm from (I'm in KS now), and many times I get "corrected" or "smiled at" for the way I say something. It's that dang accent. I actually write more grammatically correct than I talk...more articulate...but I like my sexy accent, so I'll keep it! How's that, y'all?!

Huked on fonics werked fer me! *grins*

CuteAZguy27 39M
1545 posts
8/8/2005 6:33 pm

I find that i put a whole lot more detail in the things that i blog, then what i speak of, yet theirs times where im blabbering away and when i laugh the letters lol come to thought like im suppose to say it or something, strange huh, nah just to much time online


rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
8/8/2005 6:23 pm

CREAMYPUDDLES - Definately, what?

VoodooGuru1 - Great minds think alike!!!

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
8/8/2005 6:21 pm

DallasPhallus56 - Know what you mean.... I have a legal background and will often speak and write with those terms (truly). Working in a legal background builds your vocabulary...

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
8/8/2005 6:18 pm

slamminscott - True... when I write, I write with a style like I speak, complete with the punctuation, etc. to provide me a style unique with the pauses as I would normally speak.

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
8/8/2005 6:16 pm

smileguyqc - You see, that is where I differ.... When I was little I had a speech and hearing issue, although you would never know it today if you were to talk to me directly or on the phone. I have had to learn to think before I talked in order to not stammer or run my words together, although, if I am very excited about something, it will slip out that way without thinking about it. Practice, practice, practice!!! lol..

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
8/8/2005 4:47 pm

I write like I talk only better.
When I'm actually speaking to someone there are times when the word I'm looking for won't quite come.
With writing, I have the chance to think of it or to look something up.

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
8/8/2005 4:46 pm

itsallfun1957 - This is true!!

Lipator 56M
71 posts
8/8/2005 4:18 pm

I find that I write more formally than I normally talk. If I am giving a speech, or whatever, I usually have memmorized bits which allow me to get away from the page.

redmustang91 57M  
8664 posts
8/8/2005 4:04 pm

Writing tends to be better organized than most spontaneous oral presentations. But I tend to be logical and straight forward in writing and orally. Brevity is appreciated in both these days.

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M

8/8/2005 3:39 pm

My style has changed over the years. I used to be truly awful at public speaking. I'm a lot better now. I write more like I talk than the other way around. I try to be careful and precise whether I'm writing or talking. Not that I always succeed, of course.

rm_VoodooGuru1 49M
2053 posts
8/8/2005 3:33 pm

Wow, little odd you're mentioning this - I was just talking about it myself.

If it's a casual email - like this - I write like I talk. This imposes a whole new set of punctuation rules, as I liberally use punctuation like hyphens and ellipses to indicate subtleties that would be apparent if I was speaking. I also do things like leaving off the first word in a sentence.

Writing like I speak also includes an occassional slight misuse of a word... like writing "got" instead of the more proper "have".

If I'm writing something formal, I follow the rules of the type of piece I'm creating... seldom does this allow for writing as I talk.

When I blog, it's kind of a blend between the two. It's informal, yes, but it's also to entertain and tell a story, so there's got to be some structure to it, yes?

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DallasPhallus56 60M

8/8/2005 2:59 pm

I talk in a precise way, clearly articulated, with commas and semicolons and in complete sentences, and I write much the same way, as you can see from my blog entries. Some people make fun of that, this almost stilted speech, but I like it and I'm not about to change.

slamminscott 46M

8/8/2005 2:51 pm

Hmmm....interesting...good question, I've never really thought about this until you mentioned it.

Yeah...I tend to...put pauses and such when I'm thinking and typing and even speaking.

I have to speak out quite a bit, and it's easier when I have the written material in hand...that it's written as I would say it.

There are times when I have to change my prose and whatnot, but for the most part, it's all me.

smileguyqc 53M

8/8/2005 2:43 pm

Honestly I'm not sure because I've never actually listened to myself talk. Just guessing I would say that I write a little differently because I edit what I write... on the other hand when I talk the left foot usually follows the right directly into the mouth no opportunity to edit.

itsallfun1957 59M

8/8/2005 2:06 pm

txrose, I agree whole-heartedly. When putting together lectures in power point or composing summations / overviews of scientific-medical procedures, it's just like I'm talking to you. It takes alot of hidden suprises out of the presentations I have found and gives me an edge in comfort and command. If the style works in real life why change it on the medium?>>>itsallfun1957

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