Twitter is a hoot! It can be wildly addictive – and beneficial to your business. But did you know that Twitter can actually make you a better, faster Expert Author?
Hemingway was a master at boiling things down to their essence and writing simply – but profoundly. He kept only that which was important.
Twitter can give you the practice you need to become a better, faster, more concise and clear writer. Discovering this will make your articles all the more well-written while also adding speed to the overall authoring process.
- Embrace Simplicity
Tweeting makes you think and write simply. With only 140 characters available to you, you can’t spend your time thinking about the longest adjectives to use. I’ve seen middle school writing classes where they are teaching kids how to use elaborate adjectives and adverbs to enhance their writing. I always want to tell the teacher that when these kids get to college, they’ll need to learn to write simply and effectively. Twitter teaches that too. Start simple and end simple.
- Focus on Just One Thing
Ninety-eight percent of writing is knowing what to leave out. One often hears at a newspaper office, or when writing a personal essay or memoir “Well, that might be important to you…but no one else really cares.” Twitter helps you to sort out the “nice to know” from the “need to know”. You’re forced to trim away the unimportant details until you’re left with only a precise nugget of wisdom.
On Twitter, you have to decide what you want to say – you can’t tell them everything. Just say what you came to say and write about something else another time.
- Be Observant
Now, while your fellow Tweeters don’t need to know that you are currently eating a sandwich, being observant of the world around you will help you Tweet better – and write better. By noticing the little things, you can bring great interest to previously mundane topics.
- Finish Your Thought
Twitter forces you to finish your thought. Right there. Right then. You can’t write “to be continued,” or “part two later.” You have to finish it. Now. This will only help you in your article writing as well. You’ll learn to focus your article ideas and complete your thoughts in one well-written article as opposed to meandering over two or three.
Hemingway said, “Write the truest sentence you know.” If you do that in at least 50 percent of your Tweets, you’ll be a better writer in no time at all. You may have to Tweet a little less, but your Tweets will be more effective!
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