conversational writing is derived from conversational thinking(?)

Over on blogroll.org (a good resource for different daily bloggers, as it seems), I saw a link to a post from Jim Nielsen, about his take-aways from Stephen King's "On Writing", which is a book I (already) greatly admire, though I have yet to read it, though I am buying a physical copy very soon.

And I noticed something about the entries Jim shared from within "On Writing", as how SK words his stuff (as it has been many, MANY years since I read a SK book), and that is how SK has (in this book, anyway) a "conversational writing" approach to the words. Many people talk about "conversational writing", or "technical writing" or "SEO-driven writing" (that one is the worst, I think), and even I have said stuff about "Tweet-sized journalism", or, bite-sized chunks of paragraphs that fit nicely into a Tweet (or several for a Twitter thread) so that a particular story can be used for a Promoted news story (or Trending Topic), or/and has potential to go viral. That method, is also a form of SEO-driven writing, and also terrible.

But anyway, with SK's approach to everything quoted within the entry from Jim, I can tell that King is more or less using/doing "conversational writing", in my opinion.

But, I sometimes think that conversational writing is derived from conversational thinking - that of having little "micro" conversations with people in one's head. Of course that sounds 100% batshit crazy, but I am almost 100% certain that everyone does it (otherwise I doubt people would be very good at communicating with one another). And it's true in writing, as well - writing to or for an audience, it makes one think: "how would I know how this person (reader) would react to the words? How am I tailoring what I write to or for a particular audience?" Most of the answers are likely intangible or at least undescribable.

But, my "two cents" (or my passing quip on the conversational writing scenario) for now are, breaking down mental blockades and just thinning out the filter, or better yet eliminating any/all filter(s) altogether, with what you/I/anyone CAN write, will likely change HOW you write. And WHAT you write. And what can be discovered. Fluidity in conversational thinking into conversational writing will likely enable this.

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