There’s many different styles of writing, but one of the most difficult is writing for the ear. We have seemingly dozens of classes on the written word, making us very accustomed to the written word, but writing something like a script or speech is vastly different from that. Using the same written word style for the ear can often cause those words to sound stilted and lose much of their impact. Due to that, there’s a few key things to remember when writing for the ear, some being simple, while some being more complex.


It may seem minor, but make sure you always use contractions when writing for the ear. There’s times in writing where it makes more sense to not use many contractions, as it can make it easier for the eye. In regards to the spoken word though, you always want to use contractions. By using words such as she’ll, there’s and they’ll, it makes your words sound a lot more natural and flow much better, making people pay more attention to what you’re saying.

Tone is key

Tone is important in all writing, but especially when speaking as you have the most control of it. Since you’re going to be physically speaking these words, you have a full range of tone for your words, which means you can write things that would normally be misinterpreted when purely written. This means you also have even more choices for what you write than any other type of writing. This gives you much more freedom in what you write, allowing you to use things such as sarcasm and volume much more effectively

The shorter the better

When writing essays and the like, we’re often compelled to write big, long sentences. When writing for the ear though, this is a mistake. In regards to yourself, you have to speak these sentences. Making them overly long and complex can cause you to run out of breath and fumble your words much easier. For the audience, when writing for the written word, people get a chance to go at their own pace and can reread to fully digest it. When speaking though, they’ll only hear it once. Making sure it’s short and understandable will make it much more likely that your words will actually be understood and not just glossed over

This applies to words too

People also love using big words, as it can often make you feel that you sound more sophisticated. Short, simple words are best or the ear though. In reality, people don’t use these complex words often and when you’re speaking, they don’t have the time to look them up in a dictionary. Make sure you can find a simple word that describes what you’re saying. You’re not dumber for using these words, in reality you’re just being more considerate of your general audience.