Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Does Writing Fiction Make You Talk Funny?


I've been writing fiction for three years, and
I've noticed something.
I talk funny.
Not funny-ha-ha,
funny-different.

In those early days, I wrote the way I always had, then edited later. (Not that it improved my writing much, but humor me here. :P)

As I learned more about fiction writing and honed my craft, I began to self-edit as I write. Now, that lingual self-awareness comes so naturally, it has altered the way I speak.

Has this happened to you?


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Does writing fiction make you talk funny?

15 comments:

  1. I think this is the first time I've thought about how editing affects my speech. But you're right, it does. For example, I pay a lot more attention to my verbal use of subject vs. object pronouns I/me and who/whom.

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  2. I've always been conscious of the words I use, probably even more so now that I am contemplating them as I write as well.

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  3. Sometimes, I find myself saying, "Delete that." :)

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  4. I know it's not related, but I LOVE the guinea pig picture :)

    I don't know that writing has changed the way I speak, but reading certainly has. When I was a kid, I was using words I didn't know how to pronounce because I had only read them... which lead to some comedy sometimes...

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  5. Great. Now I'm going to be hyper-aware of my speech all day... LOL

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  6. LOL! I always talk funny, Half norwegian, half english. You should see my grovery lists!

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  7. Ha ha ha...Grocery lists that is!

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  8. I'm not sure if editing has made me more aware of the way I speak.... But living in France and having bilingual kids, has definitely made me hyper-aware of what and how I say things around them, especially in English.

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  9. I definitely talk funny, but I'm afraid it has nothing to do with the writing. LOL

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  10. I've never actually paid attention to how I talk. I don't think I'm self-editing, but maybe I haven't been writing long enough :)

    Oh well. If it has changed, I don't really care.

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  11. I notice I tend to use more precise words when I speak. And if I can't think of the word I'm looking for instead of calling something a whatchamacallit, I describe it. It's embarrassing when something simple escapes me. The other day it happened, and I said 'the flat board that you sit things on' and the other person said 'oh, you mean a shelf'. Well...duh!

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  12. Oh Lord...my speaking and writing are almost like night and day. It's not that I can't speak well, but my mind goes faster than my mouth and I usually stammer and such. That piece of conversation went through my mind a good thirty seconds earlier...

    Writing slows my mind down. Allows me to think and write evenly, I guess because while thinking, I'm also having to do something dexterous and it keeps both of them even.

    Good post...good topic!

    M.L. Swift, Writer

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  13. I swear less :)

    But that may also be because of those three little "recording devices" that run me ragged all day :)

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  14. Haha, great topic. It hasn't affected how I speak, but it has affected how I write.....everything. From blog posts, to Twitter, I find I'm scrutinizing my words very closely :)

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  15. I don't think it's altered the way I speak, but now I can't even send a simple email without fussing over the language.

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