Better writer than speaker

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Better writer than speaker

Postby jmlc451 » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:21 pm

My family consider me to be an awful storyteller. Honestly, they may as well take a nap while I scramble to remember a chronological sequence of events & tell it in an engaging manner. That being said, teachers and peers in college regarded stories that I've written as wonderful. I think it's because I have more time to process and edit what I write; rather than speech which, although I'm an articulate speaker in terms of pronunciation, speaking often fails me and makes me a incomprehensible, rambling mess. It's frustrating because my family act like I'm useless, even though they don't know what I'm capable of. It's not like we're passing creative writing pieces around the dinner table. Does anybody else find that they are efficient in the written department but lack effective spoken storytelling skills? I hope I correctly explained this.

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Re: Better writer than speaker

Postby SwervingCentaur » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:36 pm

I sometimes stutter when I'm trying to say something, or even on the phone, I know what I'm trying to say up in my head, but it doesn't come out right. I get frustrated when people interrupt me because I need to start from what I was saying, right from the beginning I can write fantastically, my spelling has always been great, but that's why I'm doing what I want to do. Writing novels. It's easy to write than speak.

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Re: Better writer than speaker

Postby Lucy » Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:00 pm

Oh yes!! Definitely. Like you, I think it's because I have more time to process when writing than speaking. I notice it's particularly bad when I'm anxious, so job interviews etc are not my forte!

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Re: Better writer than speaker

Postby Code_Inconnu » Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:37 am

Agreed. I was on the debating team at high school, most of the debates in the senior years were impromptu or limited-prep. My arguments were usually okay, but they never sounded as coherent or convincing as I would have liked. Writing was a breeze in comparison.

That being said, on the odd occasion that I exceeded my own expectations when speaking, I found it a lot more satisfying than flying through an essay. The performative aspect must have catered to my narcissistic tendencies :-k

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Re: Better writer than speaker

Postby Tom fod » Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:39 am

Me too. I'm far more confident in my written communication.

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Re: Better writer than speaker

Postby Monique » Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:21 pm

Same here. More often than not my sentences end up back to front and I get tongue tied when I'm trying to tell a story verbally xD

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