If you’re going to text a guy and get somewhere with him, you need to know how to not be dry when texting a guy.
If you’re dry texting, he’s going to lose interest and will end up leaving you on read more than he does reply.
It’s time to up your texting game, and I’ve got your back!
Here are 15 examples of ways you can text back that will not be dry and will keep the conversation flowing:
15 Ways How to Not Be Dry When Texting a Guy!
1. Avoid Short One-Word Answers
Dry texting is basically one-word or even shorter answers, so you always want to avoid using one-word answers if you’re trying to avoid dry texting.
Instead, try to elaborate on what you’re saying or ask a follow-up question.
For example, if he asks how your day is going, don’t just say “good.”
Say something like “It was good! I had a lot of fun today.”
Or you can ask him how his day was in return.
2. Reply with Open-Ended Questions
Open-ended questions are great because they can’t be answered with a simple yes or no.
This will force him to text back with more than just a one-word answer, and it will keep the conversation going.
Some examples of open-ended questions are:
- What are you up to today?
- How was your day?
- What are your plans for the weekend?
- Tell me about your favorite thing to do!
These are just a few examples, but you get the idea!
Keep the conversation going by asking him questions that can’t be answered with a simple yes or no.
3. Text Things That Initiate Conversations
You don’t always have to wait for him to text you first.
Sometimes, you can take the initiative and text him something that will start a conversation.
For example, you could send him a meme or something funny that you saw.
Or if you know he’s into a certain sports team, you could text him about a game that’s happening.
You could also ask him about his plans for the weekend or something that’s going on in his life.
Don’t be afraid to take the initiative and start a conversation yourself!
It’ll show him that you’re interested and it won’t be dry.
4. Reply Quickly to His Texts
One of the worst things you can do is take forever to reply to his texts because you’re debating what to say.
If you’re taking a long time to reply, he’s going to think you’re not interested and there is a chance he’ll lose interest.
You don’t always have to reply right away, you may even come across as too keen – but try to within a few hours or less.
The sooner you reply the better and make sure you reply with a thoughtful text following the tips in this article so you’re not dry!
5. Don’t Text Late at Night when He’s Sleeping
You might be tempted to text him late at night when you’re bored and can’t sleep, but resist the urge!
If you text him late at night, he might think you’re bored and find it hard to keep the conversation flowing.
It’s also likely that he’s asleep or busy with something else, so you’ll just end up being ignored.
6. Don’t Be Afraid to Flirt a Little
If you’re not sure how to flirt over text, texting this guy you want to practice not being dry with is a great place to start.
I’m sure you’ll figure out what this guy likes, but a few basics include using emojis, being playful, and complimenting him.
For example, you could use an emoji like a winking face or kissing face when you’re texting him something flirty.
This will almost certainly encourage him to text back and get a fun conversation going.
7. Randomly Send Funny Memes Sometimes
Everyone loves memes, so sending him a funny meme is a great way to make him laugh and keep the conversation going.
You could even start a conversation by asking him what his favorite types of memes are.
This is an easy way to not be dry when texting and keep the conversation flowing.
Plus, he’ll appreciate that you made him laugh!
8. Use Exclamation Points!!
Exclamation points are a great way to show that you’re interested in what he’s saying and keep the conversation going.
It’s also just a very trendy way to talk. Seriously, take it from me, exclamation points is how the kids communicate!
So if you want to practice not being dry when texting, make sure you use exclamation points!
9. Use Interesting Emojis
Emojis are a great way to show how you’re feeling and add personality to your texts.
It’s also a good way to text when you’re not too sure what words to use and helps solve that issue too.
And if you want to be less dry when texting, use interesting and unique emojis that will stand out.
For example, instead of just using the standard smiley face emoji, you could use the winking emoji or if you’re like me, just use a random image like a unicorn!
10. Don’t Always Say the Same Things
If you find yourself always texting him the same things, then you’re probably being a little dry.
To avoid this, try to mix up your texts and ask him different questions.
Also, don’t be afraid to share new things about yourself that he doesn’t know.
This will keep the conversation flowing and help you practice not being so repetitive.
11. Ask Him Thought-Provoking Questions
Asking him thought-provoking questions is a great way to not be dry when texting and keep the conversation going.
It shows that you’re interested in hearing his opinions and thoughts on various topics.
Plus, it’s a great way to get to know him better.
I’m not suggesting you ask him his opinion on the meaning of life or anything as deep as that.
Still keep it a little lighthearted, but ask him questions that you think will be new and interesting to him.
12. Don’t Use Lazy Text-Speak
When you’re texting someone, it’s important to use proper grammar and spelling.
Text-speak is fine if you’re just sending a quick message, but if you want to practice not being dry when texting, then take the time to write out full words and sentences.
It’ll show that you care about the conversation and always gives the impression that you’re taking time to think out and spend time on your replies.
13. Open up And Let Him Into Your Life
One of the best ways to not be dry when texting is to let him into your life.
This doesn’t mean you have to share your deepest, darkest secrets with him.
But it does mean that you should share things about yourself that you wouldn’t normally tell people.
It could be something as simple as sharing a funny story from your childhood or letting him know your hopes and dreams for the future.
This will help him get to know you better and make the conversation more interesting – and it’s likely to get him to open up too.
14. Show Him You Care and Ask how He’s Doing
Asking how he is doing is a great way to show that you care about him and want to have a conversation.
It’s also a good way to get the conversation started if you’re not sure what to say.
Plus, it shows that you’re interested in his life and what’s going on with him.
It sounds simple, but how often do your friends text you and ask how you’re doing and really mean it?
I’m guessing that very often – so go ahead and be that person, it’ll make you stand out and get the conversation going.
15. Ask for His Opinion and Let Him Know You Value It
Asking a guy for his opinion is a great way to show him that you respect and value him.
It also shows that you’re interested in hearing what he has to say.
It’s also a great way to get the conversation going if you’re not sure what to say or think you’re dropping dry texts.
What Exactly Is Dry Texting?
Just so we’re on the right page, I want to define what ‘dry texting’ is.
Dry texting is when you text someone and there’s no emotion or feeling behind it.
It’s usually just a quick message with no real thought or effort put into it.
It can often come across as disinterested or even rude.
So if you want to avoid being dry when texting, at the very least you need to make sure to put some feeling into your texts!
To take your texts to the next level and really get your conversations fun and enjoyable, I’ve covered more than enough tips above!
Why Is Dry Texting a Bad Thing?
Dry texting is a bad thing because it makes the conversation feel one-sided, like you’re not really interested in hearing from the other person.
It makes you come across as disinterested, blunt, or like you’re preoccupied – which you may well be, but you don’t want the person on the other end of your texts to feel like that, do you!?
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Phil lives in England, UK, and has around 20 years experience as a professional life, career and executive coach. He started this blog to help others find and define their own self development journey. Blogging about a wide range of topics to help facilitate a better future.