Me: Hey, you know what? I’ve been considering writing an article just like a conversation.
Second character: What? Why would you do that?
Me: Well, you know how everybody says that when I tell a story or explain something it becomes a long monologue all over the place?
Second character: Oh yeah, I do, man. You always go way too much into details and we totally lose your point.
Me: Yeah, that’s it. The thing is, my articles aren’t that long either. I’ve been controlling the length pretty naturally.
Second character: Ah right, that’s true indeed. But why would an article written as a conversation be interesting?
Me: Well, unless you’re already rather well-known and have a large readership, almost nobody reads articles with long paragraphs.
Second character: So writing as a conversation would make the article more readable?
Me: Exactly. Plus it’s fun!
Second character: Fun? Didn’t you say your goal was to inspire or something like that?
Me: Yes, among others, it is. But if I didn’t keep the experience of writing fun, I’d probably give up at one point. Nobody wants to do something boring for the rest of their life, right?
Second character: Good point. And now that I think of it, reading articles which the writer obviously had fun writing is also quite pleasant.
Me: Yes. I even experienced it with my article about stupid jokes. I wrote it extremely quickly, letting my hands type as they wanted and laughing at the same time. It almost instantly became my most read article.
Second character: Wow, that makes sense indeed. But aren’t you afraid writing a conversation would end up making the article too long? That’s two people talking after all. Why would you need a second character?
Me: That’s true but since I usually write less than I talk, I think it could compensate each other in a rather short and entertaining article which would be somehow packed with information.
Second character: What kind of information are you talking about?
Me: In a way, I am talking about the importance of keeping an exchange going. Whether we’re introverts or extroverts, in the end, we all like to exchange in some sort. I also think the reader could also recognize him or herself in one of the people talking.
Second character: Ah, and this way feel a better connection with the writer, I guess?
Me: Exactly. The ultimate goal could be to have the second person asking questions and doubting things to push the main character to justify his arguments to keep everything moving.
Second character: Right, right, makes sense. But what would you make it about?
Me: About this idea in itself first! Who knows, I might get hooked and want to write about a variety of topics after giving it a go.
Second character: “We never know until we try”, right?
Me: Yes, after all, it’s only by trying a whole lot of things that we can find what we really love! Do you think that could work?
Second character: I guess it could but we’ll see after you hit the Publish button!
** Obviously, this was an imaginary conversation! **