The Way You Write, The Way You Relate
Some believe that you can tell a lot about a person from the way he or she writes. And, often, this is the point. Even if you’re writing for someone else, the words you choose will determine how the reader sees the author. Knowing this helps you create stronger writing.
- Longer sentences – When you use longer sentences, you need to do so with an audience that appreciates complex ideas.
- Shorter sentences – If you want to relate something quickly, make the sentences quick. It speeds up the pace of reading for the audience.
- Complicated words – The more complex the words, the more the audience will need to stop to learn their meaning. On the other hand, if you’re speaking to an audience who is already fluent in complicated words, then you’ll match their intellect.
- Simple words – Simple words work best for simple readers who just want to learn something as they’re reading.
- Conversational writing – A more relaxed tone conveys a willingness for conversation with the reader.
While it’s true that not all of these writing styles work and that not all of them work for everyone, think about it. If you’re trying to relate to someone who doesn’t have a lot of time, why use long sentences? If you’re writing for someone who has twenty years of experience, why talk down to them? Appreciate who your audience is, and they’ll appreciate you.