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Conversational writing style

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Conversational writing style

  1. 1. “CONVERSATIONAL STYLE”
  2. 2. GROUP MEMBERS Maria Atiq Sabiha Aslam Unaiza Saeed Tayyeba Ayyub Roohi Fatima Mahnoor Khan Talia Khan
  3. 3. What is a conversational style?
  4. 4.  A conversational writing style seemingly breaks all of the grammatical rules. It is aimed at the target audience and addresses them as such. Sometimes there are fragmented sentences infused to display a thought.
  5. 5. “SOME EXAMPLES”  “He commenced learning to utilize that difficult machine, subsequently, his proficiencies ameliorate.”  “He started learning to use that difficult machine, then, his skills improved.”
  6. 6.  “Social media marketers should definitely try out using Instagram to connect with their audience.”  “If you are a social media marketer, you should definitely try out using Instagram to connect with your audience.”
  7. 7. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF CONVERSATIONAL STYLE?  Builds an immediate rapport with your audience.  Seems more credible for most readers.  Easier to understand.
  8. 8. 1. RESEARCH AND PREPARATION:  Unlearn what you learned in school.  Practice being rebellious. Write as if no one is going to read it, experiment, get creative, have fun, forget about grammar – you don’t have to publish everything you write after all.  Study examples of conversational writing. See how writers and bloggers do it and try to do the same with your words, ideas, and topics.
  9. 9.  Surround yourself with real English.  To forget about academic, textbook, and formal English, spend as much time as possible reading and listening to the conversational language: Listen to podcasts Read blogs Read contemporary novels  What you listen to and what you read, shapes your style. The more you expose yourself to the natural language, the more natural your writing will become.
  10. 10. 2. WRITING:  Make it a two-way conversation.  Writing to the dark or to a faceless crowd makes you sound formal, impersonal, and boring. Besides, it invites fear, perfectionism, negative self-talk, and other enemies to your writing process.  A good conversation goes two ways: A little bit about “me” or “us.” A little more about “you.”
  11. 11.  Engage with questions.  Asking questions is a powerful method: Inviting your reader to think, guess, agree or disagree with you is what transforms a monolog into a dialog, engages your reader, and makes your writing sound like a conversation.  For example:  Use question tags (isn’t it? don’t you?) or their alternatives (right? Ok?).  Invite her to guess the answer (“What’s the number one fear among adults?”).
  12. 12.  Use short sentences and paragraphs.  Long sentences are tiring to read. To make your content more readable, chop up long sentences.  To communicate your message, write with clarity, and be persuasive.  Put your readers first. Make your message simple. Chop your sentences down.
  13. 13. 3. EDITING:  Get rid of adverbs.  “Very, really, basically, mainly”… In spoken language, we use adverbs all the time. But in writing, they weaken your message. If you delete the adverb and the meaning doesn’t change, get rid of it. It’s really that simple.
  14. 14.  Replace full form by contractions.  We’re, you’re, you’ll – contractions aren’t acceptable in academic papers and formal emails, but they make your writing sound more natural.
  15. 15.  Replace formal discourse markers by informal discourse marker.  Firstly, secondly, in addition – these little expressions you use to make your writing or your speech coherent are called discourse markers.  Here’re some common discourse markers for formal writing:  Firstly  Secondly  On the other hand  In conclusion
  16. 16.  And here’re some informal discourse markers we use in speaking:  Anyway  Well  I mean  You know  When you edit, replace writing discourse markers by those that are intended for speaking. It will instantly make your writing sound informal and conversational.
  17. 17. BENEFITS OF CONVERSATIONAL STYLE  Creates connection:  Writing in conversational tone will make you feel more genuine and human. Readers will feel like they know you in person and have your attention.  Fewer writers block:  By writing conversationally, you can write like you normally talk, and that would make your ideas and words come out easier.
  18. 18.  More reader engagement:  Your readers will feel a personal connection established between you and them. They will feel more involved, which encourages them to read what you write.
  19. 19.  More fun:  Fact: Most people prefer having a conversation on how to change a light bulb than having to read up an instruction manual on how to change a light bulb.  Writing conversationally can turn your wall of text into an engaging conversation with the readers  Increase readership.:  All of the benefits above lead to this main benefit — increase readership.
  20. 20.  To write in a conservational style writers just have to break some of the rules of grammar because most of them aren’t applicable to conversational writing.  However, writers should be careful when breaking these grammatical rules as they do not want to come off sounding like an illiterate.  Conversational style is more informal and attractive to readers

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