How Twitter Has Helped Me to Become a Better Writer
For some Twitter is a waste of time. For others it is a way to stay in touch with the world. But it has helped me become a better writer.
Twitter forces me to make an argument or develop a thought in no more than 140 characters. In a world of digital verbosity, that’s hard to do.
But how much can one communicate in such small chunks, including spaces and punctuation? A lot of people tell me it’s too restrictive.
As a former college teacher, I expected my English composition students to get to the point quickly and give their readers a reason to read on.
In a time of endless blogs and social networks where prose flows unfettered, a well-crafted thought has the opportunity to rule the day.
Twitter is not about more; it’s about better. It’s like the difference between an eau de cologne and eau de parfum–quantity vs quality.
Here are a few examples of recent tweets. Some are funny, some thoughtful, some mundane, but all of them succinct:
- Proverbs 16:32: I wish it didn’t speak so powerfully to me, but it does. As a parent to two teens I need to plaster this to my forehead.
- New seat cushions on my southwest plane. First reaction: excitement, then sadness that I actually noticed and cared. The crew was amused.
- Met a huge spotted eagle ray on my morning swim. Never seen anything like it. Thankfully, he seemed less interested in me.
So there…a few reasons to give Twitter a try: you’ll be more selective in your word choices and become a better communicator.
P.S., In case you didn’t notice this blog post was Twitterlized by keeping paragraphs to, well, as you’d expected, 140 meaningful characters.