Well I don’t know much about playful writing. Gosh, I’m a sloth on the Internet with three wonderful sloth children and a lovely, slothy wife. I can’t give much writing advice I reckon. Other people work differently than I. Lots of people enjoy writing really dark brooding and quite frankly messed up stuff, the sort of stuff I really can’t write. My work tends to be playful because that’s how I feel free. Every time I try a style that doesn’t ‘feel right’ I pretty much know it immediately.
Is there writing advice to give anybody? Or is everybody so different that the advice would go over their heads, get closed out of browsers? Honestly I’m having a hard time figuring it out. The way I write differs depending on what I’m doing. Business writing, report writing, that kind of thing requires a level of seriousness, demands it even. When I’m getting money or academic accolades for my work it tends to play out a little differently. My words get off the jungle gym and get to work.
This does not mean that I dislike my playful work. That stuff is a lot of fun for me and I can’t see myself doing anything differently regarding it. In the sand however there is a line and I need to know what that line stands for: it stands for a world that also demands creativity but in a different way. When I write for more ‘academic’ or ‘professional’ places I got to change my voice. Nope it doesn’t get deeper it just changes. I put on ‘the voice’ and try something new.
People might say it is the same all over but I vehemently disagree. Writing changes depending on what’s expected of it I have seen that firsthand. No one in my creative endeavors creates much in the way of Excel Spreadsheets or PowerPoint presentations. This to me is a bit of a drag. My feelings about business, academia and creativity are the two ought to co-exist in some way. While the approaches are different there are ways to be playful within those confines. In fact strict rules are what make it so enjoyable to play around in the first place.
Some of the best reports I’ve read for business and academia are those that let in a little bit of the writer’s personality. I once read a 150 page report about the mortgage crisis where people were leaving their homes, calculating that the hit to their credit would be better than staying in a rapidly depreciating asset. To date that remains one of the most interesting reports I’ve ever read as the writer really went deep into detail about the entire reason for the phenomenon. Had that writer simply presented the facts without the context and care about the individuals he was writing about, I would not have been as interested.
Let me simply say to always be playful, be creative with work. That is the only way to achieve better, different, and more exciting things.