The Art of Writing-Talk to Yourself

If you want to improve your writing, talk to yourself.  Yes, out loud. Writing and speaking go hand in hand. Working at one form of communication helps increase your skills of the other.”Practice makes perfect”. This is true. Why not combine both forms of communication whenever you create an article for submission or write a speech for a presentation. People love to listen to an articulate speaker. Reading a written work that flows from one sentence or paragraph to another is a ride people love to take. Physically printed books may be going out of style for “green reasons”. Printed newspapers may be almost obsolete, as well. However, reading is not going away.  Its form is moving quickly to electronic applications. So, get out your tools, dust them off and utilize these tips to improve your writing and verbal expressions.

Here are some exercises to incorporate the use of speech into your pursuit of writing.

  1. Read printed works, aloud.
  2. Have a conversation with yourself.
  3. Proof your own work by reading aloud.
  4. Record these exercises to replay for analysis.

            Read aloud. Read a favorite book or perhaps the book you’ve wanted to read but haven’t had the time. Listen to yourself as you read. Test and try different techniques. Record your voice to hear it again when you’re finished reading. This will speak directly to you about your abilities. ? Listen to your favorite speaker and compare the sound and quality of your voice. Do you like what you hear? Listen to your articulation of words, diction and inflection or tone. Are you speaking too fast or slow? Do you enunciate clearly? Do you exaggerate inflections? Just as seeing written words helps with grammar and spelling, using your audio sense to listen closely to your speech gives you a clear reference of your verbal communication skills.       Use this tool to find out what you need to work on to improve and enhance your speech.

 Converse with yourself so that you can hear how you sound to others when you speak. Record this exercise for future listening, as well. Ask questions and then answer them so you have both sides of a conversation. Are you speaking too fast or too slow? Do you sound comfortable? Listen to find your weaknesses and work on them. If you can find another person to work with you, record an interview. Make sure you play both parts to find out where you are most comfortable-as interviewer or interviewee.

Edit your work by reading it aloud. Hearing yourself speak words you’ve written helps you remove clutter from your writing, to recognize spelling errors or fill in words to create fluidity establishing clear meaning of your written work. Hearing what you have written brings a second sense to your editing. Seeing is the first sense and when coupled with hearing these two powerful senses leave little or no room for error.

 Repetition of these processes promotes your mastery of speech and writing. You will gain confidence in both skills. Writing will flow more easily onto your paper with less edits. Speaking for groups will come easier with your knowledge of execution.

            Writing is truly an art. It’s a lifelong activity whether you write for money or a hobby. Why not be as knowledgeable as you can by using every tool out there to increase your abilities of writing and speaking. Good Luck!

Ezine    Cathie Andrew  7-2010

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