I had an interesting revelation the other day - I write like I speak. When I talk to my friends and family, I speak very descriptively and my sentences are riddled with adjectives, adverbs, and modifiers. I've actually been told in the past that I have a rather (*coughs*) "dramatic turn of phrase." Go figure! Interesting, then, that I've been noticing this in my writing as well. This might account for my love of exclamation marks and emoticons too perhaps!!!
The same holds true for my non-writing writing. You know, the every-day stuff you don't really think about, and you definitely don't spend hours and days and months revising.
One lovely critique partner of mine you know who you are! banned me from ever using the word "frantically" in a manuscript again. Since then, I've been frantically concentrating on removing this word (and most other adverbs) from my manuscript (*chortles*). Imagine my surprise, then, when I read over an email I dashed out to a friend the other day, and noticed not one, but two "frantically's" in the one email.
Yep, I write like I speak! And I write like I write. If that makes any sense...
I'm getting so much better at writing my manuscript the way we're supposed to - that's a blog post for a whole 'nother day - and I'm working toward it looking nice and professional when I've finished. But it makes me wonder, should I be aiming for this type of perfection in my daily life as well? I'm not sure I should - how boring would things be if I had to speak properly all the time.
What think ye? Are there any other gramatically flowery peeps out there??? Does the way you speak influence your writing?
DISCLAIMER: No adjectives, adverbs, or modifiers have been harmed in the making of this blog post.
SECOND DISCLAIMER: I may have written this post a little bit more descriptively than I usually would. For dramatic effect of course (*grins*).