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Experimenting with a new writing style

Some of the common ‘how to write’ suggestions I’ve seen here and there over the years, scattered around the internet, has been to ‘write to one person’. Write as if you’re writing a letter to someone. Make it personal. Make it about you and the one person you’re writing to.

So I’m going to be experimenting with that. I’m going to write for a while as if I’m writing to a friend, and see where it takes me.

It could be a bit challenging though. Which friend do I write to? Well, that probably depends on the topic I’m writing about. Different people in my life relate to different topics, so I’ll think of each of them when I write about a topic relative to them.

To be honest, I don’t think it’ll be too much different to how I’ve already been writing so far. Some of my best articles in the past have been originally written to friends in emails, which I then thought was awesome enough to put on my blog, and so I did.

The difference will be that I’m going to try and make it a bit more personal. I’ll be thinking about YOU when I write it. Whoever you are, I’ll be writing to you.

I think that I’ve proven to myself over the past couple of months that I can write about lots of different topics on a daily basis, consistently, of at least 500 words a day. I’m pretty excited about how easy that’s become for me.

What I think I’m doing now is stepping up a bit. Stretching the comfort zone, and exploring other ways of writing. I might find something that works better for me, or I might find that it just doesn’t. But it might lead to yet another style that I experiment with instead. It’s all part of the journey.

I did that years ago. I remember exploring a style of writing that was as if it was a conversation between myself and a friend, and I would explore a topic through the written conversation. It was like writing a conversation between two people in a fiction book, but the conversation had a meaning that I wanted to present.

I ended up giving up, because putting a meaningful article into a written conversation made the posts about 5 times longer than they would have been if it was just an article. I enjoyed writing them, but people didn’t enjoy reading them. So I discontinued that experiment after only 3 or 4 attempts.

Maybe this will be similar. But I have to try it to find out.

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