I get frustrated when I use the perfect combination of words, in the perfect order, that present my ideas perfectly. I get frustrated because I was talking and there was nobody around to write it all down. I’ve always wanted the opportunity to host my own radio show and test the limits of “writing while talking”. A radio host like Dan Patrick has the freedom to be as eloquent and candid as he wants, with the added benefit (and risk) that it’s all being recorded.
My writing voice has always been eerily similar to my speaking voice. When I’m at a crossroads with the construction of a phrase, sentence or written argument, I almost always just make my choice based on what sounds best when I say it out loud. Perhaps thats because I paid little-to-no attention in the prose lessons in high school english.
Writing the same way I talk often makes the things I write more accessible. But my casual writing style also leads to a crippling fear that what I’ve just written could be objectively illiterate.
“Radio show host” is just one of many career goals I’ve mentioned in my column, maybe that’s because I like to hear myself talk. I think it’s invaluable to study good writing and gain an awareness of why good writing is good. Through this self-education, I want to be able to emulate the writing that I enjoy, while maintaining the personable style that has made my writing unique.