What do you sound like?
I re-wrote some of my posts recently. Either that I forgot, or that I never knew, but it never occurred to me that non-fiction was much more than vomiting all this knowledge you have on paper. Maybe I forgot how I talked, or how I sound like even. Did you find your voice?
There is style, tone, and all that jazz. There are personal stories, variety in sentence lengths, and formatting.
It’s the same as fiction-writing, albeit with a different flavour. Fiction is more about imagination, while non-fiction is more about understanding. The best writing uses both.
I follow a few bloggers that inspire me, not only in what they know (and they definitely know a lot!), but also in how relatable they are. They seem just like friends, or better yet, strangers that you have a small chat with when passing by on the street.
But these are the kinds of strangers that say something meaningful each time you talk to them. They last in your memory.
That feeling is the core of what I want to do: to write with that level of personality, and to write as natural and raw as them. So, I recorded the feeling.
If you want to learn how to write naturally, look no further: I wrote this for myself, and now it’s for you.
The point of my writing is to make things easy for people to understand. That means that I can’t use over-the-top words, and I can’t drone on for too long when explaining something.
I’m not trying to be lecturer, I just want to be a friend. I want to be the smart guy in the conversation who can teach you something over a few beers.
Let’s down them and here we go:Continue reading “Find your voice: How to write like you talk”