Let’s look at one of the most common practical applications of writing skills: Dating profiles! How can you practice effective writing behaviors in this area and set yourself apart from the rest of the profiles?
Listen and find out 🙂
Here’s the takeaway! Remember to be honest, up front, and relaxed. Also, don’t worry about “guarantees” or “good” writing – think in terms of effectiveness.
- Smile in your photos
- Make sure they show you as a person
- Use photos you don’t have to crop others out of (looks suspicious)
- Fill out ya damn profile!
- Who are you, anyway?
- What are you looking for? Dating, sex, both?
- Argue in the positive:
- Talk about what makes you special
- What you can do for someone else
- Leave terse or lazy answers
- Complain about the gender you’re pursuing or invoke stereotypes
- BONUS! For non-monogamous profiles
- Explain your situation (open, poly, etc) in simple terms right away
- Link to your spouse/partner’s profile right at the top
- Weigh the risks vs. the benefits of using photos and be honest