Often, this approach is called "writing like you speak" -- advice that doesn't take into account how some people talk.
One guy I know sounds like a corporate memo, even when speaking to his kids -- with planned discussions and agreements about coming to an understanding.
Another is the opposite, sounding more like a kid (OMG!) than an adult.
And others ramble on and on (and on), without any sure path toward clear meaning or interesting storytelling.
What's a writer to do? These postings have some observations and suggestions:
- Don't Write Like You Talk by Robert Warren offers several solid tips about writing in a conversational tone.
- How to Write Like You Talk by Richard Skaare has three recommendations for upgrading the quality of written conversations.
- Miss Lola writes like she speaks and says, "both are lacking discipline."
And when that happens, I want to hear all about it.