Twitter has made me a better writer. When you have only 140 characters, you learn how to communicate in fewer words.
After more than 13,300 tweets, I’ve taken this one step further and now unconsciously condense all of my thoughts into fewer words.
All of my written materials, blogs, website copy, etc, are now shorter, punchier and more concise than they were pre-Twitter.
My most powerful tweets all started out as something so much bigger, longer and more complicated. I edit and condense continually.
Recently I was moved to offer assistance when some peeps whined about how helpless they were to solve their own problems. I wanted to help!
I wanted to tweet- Stop focusing on what’s wrong in your life! Don’t you know that what you focus on grows? Why do you want to keep beating yourself up with all the things you’ve done wrong and all the things in life that you could have done differently? How does that benefit you? How does that make you any happier? What if you took a more positive attitude? Wouldn’t that make a positive difference in your life?
After I expressed the original rant, I started to write my tweet. More than 400 characters had to fit- with love and meaning, in only 140.
My 400+ character rant turned into this 138-character tweet:
“When we start thinking in terms of what we can do instead of what we can’t, a world of possibility opens unto us. What can you do today?”
As a result, people were inspired in less time and in a more positive way. And to me, that’s what it’s all about.
Want to be a better writer? Think big thoughts and big meaning, and write small. Start tweeting!
p.s. All of the above sentences are under 140 characters each! Share your comments in 140 char or less please. ☺
Also, thanks to @mashable for including me- 25 of the Most Inspiring Users on Twitter – http://bit.ly/RAZ5i
I’m honored and jazzed!
Please follow me on Twitter- http://Twitter.com/inspiremetoday
I’ll follow you back too!
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Good advice Gail,
I’ve been using Twitter to help me become a better writer as well. It really forces you to be succinct.